Hubert's to replace NBA City

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March 1, 2010 // UPDATED 10:20 am - March 3, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott
One of the most popular bars from the Minnesota Twins' Metrodome days is following its team to the west end of Downtown.

According to a statement released this morning by co-owners Steve Anderly and Bob Jones, Hubert’s Café and Sports Bar is opening a new location in the space currently occupied by NBA City at Target Center. The new Hubert’s will open on April 2, just in time for the Twins’ first exhibition game in the adjacent Target Field.

The original Hubert’s, located at Chicago Avenue and 6th Street, has been a favorite pre- and post-game destination for many sports fans since it opened near the Metrodome in 1983. It will remain open, with no planned changes to its menu or bar.

The new location will feature 40 televisions and a more expansive food menu that will retain many of NBA City’s offerings. There also are plans for a new sidewalk café, which will open onto the new Target Plaza that leads directly to Target Field.

The move has been facilitated by hotel magnate Ralph Burnet, who, in addition to owning both Le Méridien Chambers and The W Minneapolis — The Foshay, is also the owner and chairman of NBA City Restaurants. The Hubert’s deal marks the third time Burnet has folded a local food and beverage icon into his hospitality empire, after bringing Manny’s Steakhouse to the Foshay and the D’Amico brothers to the Chambers.

“We’ve had other opportunities to expand our brand since we opened the original Hubert’s in the fall of 1983,’’ Anderly said in the statement. “But none appealed to us until Ralph came along. It’s a partnership that will allow Twins fans to continue to enjoy the great Hubert’s tradition.’’