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March 1, 2004 // UPDATED 9:23 am - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Drink owner to open Wild Noodle

Dan Dinovis, who works for the Warehouse District bar, Drink, billed as the "original fun bar," plans to open another Downtown club this spring in the Lumber Exchange Building, 10 S. 5th St.

The new club, Wild Noodle, will go into an 8,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by The Pacific Club.

It will be geared toward clubgoers 25 and up who have an ear for top 40 hits, Dinovis recently told the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association's land use committee.

Dinovis had been looking to expand Drink to accommodate more seating, but after finding that he didn't have enough room, he snatched up the Lumber Exchange Building space, he told the committee.

The club is expected to open in May. An application for a Class "A" liquor license is working its way through the city approval process.

No more Imperial lunches

The Imperial Room at 417 1st Ave. N. in the Warehouse District has stopped serving lunch.

The bar opened two years ago as a '50s-era supper club/piano bar, but the atmosphere apparently didn't suit the tastes of Downtown's 20- to 30-something bar crawlers. Now it has more a Top 40 feel with DJs playing pop music Friday and Saturday nights.

The bar had served lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a light menu with sandwiches, appetizers and quesadillas.

The Imperial Room will continue serving dinner. The fare includes a range of appetizers, salads, pastas and heavier entrees like meatloaf and shrimp scampi.

Weekday happy hour runs from 3:30-8 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturdays 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.