400 Soundbar had history of license violations

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August 11, 2014 // UPDATED 8:23 pm - August 11, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

400 Soundbar faced citations for security problems and other license violations in its short tenure as a downtown club, according to licensing information released by the city today.

The bar at 400 3rd Ave. N. has closed upon the request of city officials following a shooting that left nine people injured shortly before bar close early Saturday.

Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said there were no updates to report about the shooting investigation when contacted this morning.

The nightclub, which opened early 2013, received citations for advertising adult entertainment in violation of its license conditions, failing to use a metal detector and having security personal walk off the job, according to licensing documents.

The shooting victims have not been identified with the exception of Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph. The Vikings released a statement indicating that Linval was an “innocent bystander” and suffered a minor injury to his calf. He is expected to be ready for practice this week.

The latest shooting follows two other violent incidents in the Warehouse District in the past year. A man was shot to death outside of Epic, which has since closed, last November, and three people were injured in drive-by shootings in April.

City Council Member Jacob Frey (Ward 3) said he was involved in a meeting a few weeks ago with 400 Soundbar management to discuss security concerns. He said the club was urged to bolster the presence of security guards and have a "cool down" period toward bar close to prevent unruly behavior.

"If you're running a clean shop, complying with the regulatory framework and running a safe operation, I'll be your biggest cheerleader," Frey said. "If not, the city is going to come down on you." 

Frey said he's working on organizing a roundtable to discuss gun violence with other community leaders this fall. He's also exploring ways the city can encourage gun shops and gun dealers to take voluntary steps to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands. 

Joanne Kaufman, executive director of the Warehouse District Business Association, said she wants to see clubs face more scrutiny. 

"While it was an isolated incident and not typical as we all know of the Warehouse District or downtown Minneapolis, this violence must stop," she said. "There needs to be a comprehensive late night entertainment review and a complete review of First Avenue, top to bottom."