Biz buzz: 3 Monkey's Pub and Grub

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December 7, 2009 // UPDATED 10:18 am - December 7, 2009
By: Amanda Kushner and Monica Wright
Amanda Kushner and Monica Wright
New sports bar in Loring Park

Three brothers will be bringing 3 Monkey’s Pub and Grub, 1410 Nicollet Ave S., to Loring Park in the beginning of December.

The sports bar, which will be in the old Bali location, is trendy and a little more upscale and is meant to appeal to the neighbors in the community.

“We just want it to be a great place to hang out,” said owner Dane Martin.

Martin, the chef, said the sports bar will offer typical American fare including burgers and prime rib. Three Monkey’s will also offer vegetarian items and gluten-free meals.

Three Monkey’s is a place for the neighbors and MCTC students to feel welcome.

“It’s a place to come and hang out, talk homework or catch a game in the afternoon while you’re enjoying a beer and a burger,” he said. “Or if you are at the Music Box Theatre enjoying a Triple Espresso show … it’s a great place to come afterwards for dessert or a glass of wine.”

Martin has worn a lot of different hats working for hotels, independent restaurants and chain restaurants. He first worked in hospitality and decided to go back to school for culinary arts because he liked working with his hands and the opportunity to be creative.

Prices will be about $8 for a meal, he said.

The brothers found the location in Loring Park and while trying to determine a theme for the restaurant they realized there weren’t any sports bars in the neighborhood, and a sports bar fit well with their experience.

They settled on the name because Martin’s brother Shane wanted to include the word monkey in the name, and it represents the three brothers — Jeremiah, Shane and Dane Martin.

The pub and grub will open daily at 11 a.m. and will be open until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.

For more information on 3 Monkey’s call 208-0826 or go to 3monkeyspubandgrub.com.

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Block E got a much-needed boost this week as Irish entrepreneur Kieran Folliard announced that his flagship location, Kieran’s Irish Pub, will relocate to the former Bellanotte space in the struggling entertainment complex.

With 10,000 square feet the new location is 4,000 square feet larger than the pub’s existing location at 330 2nd Ave. S., where Kieran’s has been in business since 1994. Folliard plans on renovating Bellanotte’s flashy interior with a more typical Irish bar motif — that includes transporting local artist John Erste’s signature artwork from the old location to the new space — with a goal of opening on March 16, 2010.

Folliard says the impetus for the move was a shift Downtown caused by the newly completed Target Field.

“Our location has served us well over the years, and there are tales to be told and not to be told from our 16 years there,” laughs Folliard. “But clearly with the opening of Target Field things have absolutely swung in that direction, so from a standpoint of traffic and year round business an Irish bar should be at the heart of things. We felt this was an opportunity not to be missed.”

In addition to Kieran’s Irish Pub, Folliard also owns The Local on Nicollet Mall, The Liffey in downtown St. Paul, and the newly opened Cooper Pub in St. Louis Park’s West End development.

Bellanotte closed last summer, joining Borders and Escape Ultra Lounge in the Block E exodus that began in 2007. Folliard, who has signed a 10-year lease with two five-year extension options for the new Kieran’s location, says he plans to be part of the complex’s turnaround.

“We have a commitment to reenergize and maybe reposition Block E,” explains Folliard, who says he looks forward to working with neighbors like the Graves Hotel to boost the complex’s profile. “We don’t see ourselves as an island but a committed part of Block E, and we’re excited about it.”

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Manhattan’s Bar and Restaurant closed shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Located across from Rock Bottom Brewery in the Lasalle Plaza Downtown, the restaurant was one of five businesses managed by Mike Whitelaw. Whitelaw runs Zeno Café, Drink, Spin and most recently Club New York through his company Fun Group Inc.

Reporter Kathryn Holahan contributed to this story.