Gay bars, spurs, gaming, tomatoes and other random Duluth-related matters

Here’s a bunch of reasonably credible information that I didn’t have time to delve into for details this week, so I present it as a clump of bullet points (with arrows as bullets).

  • There are plans in the works for a gay bar in Downtown Duluth on First Avenue West.
  • There’s a rumor floating around that another bar will open in the same vicinity. It will have a Western theme and be called Spurs.
  • Tycoons is still several weeks away from opening, but is shaping up to be one of Duluth’s most unique dining and basement-cave drinking experiences.
  • A new shop for gaming opened in West Duluth on Nov. 1. Dungeon’s End is across the street from Beaner’s Central.
  • There also appears to be some kind of indoor- “tomato”-growing shop opening on Central Avenue, right next to 101 Deals. It’s called the Interior Tomato.
  • Trampled by Turtles and the Minneapolis-based band Motion City Soundtrack are releasing a split 7-inch record together on Nov. 21 in which TBT covers an MCS song and vice versa.
  • Cloud Cult has recorded a cover of the Beatles song “Help!” for the Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3 album. All the proceeds will be donated to enhance music and art education programs in Minnesota public schools. The album is scheduled for release on Dec. 6.
  • Cloud Cult has also contributed a new song to a compilation benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota (no release date yet).
  • Walter Raschick is the new director of the Homegrown Music Festival. The previous director, Shana David-Massett, moved back to Florida in October.
  • Kristin Duckart is the new executive director of the Duluth Art Institute. She replaces Samantha Gibb Roff, who left Duluth to become director of development for the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • I’ve heard no reports on whether Upper Lakes Foods has found a manufacturer to produce Connolly’s Tom and Jerry Batter for this holiday season, but we should see it in stores in the next two weeks if it’s making a comeback.


Danny G

about 11 years ago

Went with "Tycoon's" huh?


about 11 years ago

Thanks for the actually helpful "State of the City" address.

Hot Shot

about 11 years ago

It's like the ticker on CNN. Fantastic!

de man

about 11 years ago

Ooooo, Connolly's.


about 11 years ago

I, for one, am very excited for Tycoons.


about 11 years ago

Spurs is definitely happening. Got a very reliable source on that one. Cowboy theme.


about 11 years ago

Where is Tycoons?


about 11 years ago

Tycoons will be at 132 E. Superior St.


about 11 years ago

They might consider updating their ad in the sidebar.  It's past late October.

Just sayin'.


about 11 years ago

Tycoon's had an employee training last Monday at the Red Star.

I heard the Duluth gay bar was looking at the space to the west of Aces on First. Which means: Gay Bar + Bro Bar + Country Bar = awesome. The possibilities for entertainment here are endless. Coney Island should sell lawn chair seating.


about 11 years ago

I'm really into the whole CNN scrolling news ticker thing. check this out. A PDD scroller with news and random stuff would be cool.


about 11 years ago

It's about time Duluth gets a gay bar.


about 11 years ago

What happened to Tom & Jerry's?!?


about 11 years ago

...And PDD just answered my question.


about 11 years ago

The only gay bar in Duluth is Carmody Irish Pub & Brewing.

Keep up the pressure on the Connelly's.


about 11 years ago

+1 to C-freak

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Lake Voice has the story on Dungeon's End:

Imagination flourishes at Dungeon's End

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

A few updates to this old post:

* I've heard Spurs is open, but I haven't been there yet. Any reviews anyone?

* The Duluth version of the Flame Nightclub is hiring bartenders/servers/security/etc. and should be opening in July.

* I've heard from a credible source that Steve Knauss of Thirsty Pagan Brewing is the new manufacturer of Connolly's Tom & Jerry Batter, but I haven't confirmed this.

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