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Dakota Plans To Take Over Shuttered Artists' Quarter

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) -- A famed jazz club in St. Paul that has been closed for months is set to reopen, and it may be under the auspices of another esteemed Twin Cities jazz establishment.

If the deal goes through, the Dakota Jazz Club will take over the space which formerly housed by the Artists' Quarter on St. Peter Street in downtown St. Paul.

People close to the deal said that it has not been finalized, and added that the venue would not continue on under the moniker Artists' Quarter as per former owner Kenny Horst's wishes.

The jazz club moved around to multiple locations during its time in the Twin Cities -- including its original location at Nicollet Avenue and 26th Street in Minneapolis -- but its most recent incarnation was named one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Down Beat Magazine.

The club closed at the end of 2013. Horst said that the rental costs for the location had doubled since the previous landlord died.

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