Quest nightclub closes for good

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January 29, 2007 // UPDATED 10:58 am - April 26, 2007
By: Michelle Bruch
Michelle Bruch

Warehouse District

The Quest, a fixture at 110 N. 5th St. since 1995, never reopened after it closed in August to repair water damage sustained during a fire at the Wyman building.

“They shut down; they chose not to extend their lease,” said Ned Abdul, owner of the building.

Abdul said he’s received many calls about the vacant space, but he has not talked to potential tenants. He said he believes a club or music venue would likely move in.

Minor water damage at the Quest is not yet completely repaired, Abdul said, but a new tenant would likely remodel the space.

Quest management repeatedly made efforts to tighten security during the club’s run, addressing complaints of fights and loitering outside the club and responding to police decoy operations that caught underage alcohol sales.

Minneapolis Police called the Quest a model Downtown nightclub when police calls declined between 1998 and 2002, but police later stepped up scrutiny following a string of assaults and police calls after 2003.

A series of assaults at the club led the city to fine the Quest $15,000 and close it for five days in January 2005, and the city closed the club again in late 2005 for unpaid fees. The fees included a debt of $20,000 for a SafeZone security camera at the corner of 5th Street and 1st Avenue.

The club reopened in February 2006, and remained open until the Wyman building fire in late July.

Nicollet Mall

A new food vendor called Salad Creations is set to open next month in the Retek building, 950 Nicollet Mall.

The restaurant will open in a new space under construction next to the shoe shine stand on the skyway level.

Ryan Timm, area developer for Salad Creations, said the venue will open by March 1.

“We thought this would be a good fit for the area, with the skyway system there,” he said.

Salad Creations bills itself as a healthful alternative to traditional fast food fare, with a menu that includes Boca veggie wraps, fresh-made soups, smoothies and “create your own” salads wherein patrons can choose from more than 40 salad ingredients and 15 dressings.

Salad Creations is a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,-based company less than two years old that started franchising in March 2005. The company is in the process of expanding throughout the U.S., with 10 open locations and plans to open more than 40 additional stores in 2007.

North Loop

After seven years in business, Midwest Motorcycle Rental & Tours & Scooters & Cycles Inc. at 215 Washington Ave. N. is applying for city permission to rent and sell motorcycles.

Owner Dan Johnson said the business came to the city’s attention when a neighbor complained about bikes parked in front of the shop.

City staff said the approval process should have been done when the business opened. Staff recommended city approval of the conditional-use permit and site plan.