Plans for the Iron Door Pub are back on at 3001 Lyndale Ave. S., following an unsuccessful bid by Cause Spirits and Soundbar to raise enough money to keep the doors open.
The neighborhood pub’s hallmark may prove to be its late-night kitchen, said owner Dan Fehrenkamp of the Armatage neighborhood. The venue will serve “pretense-free scratch bar food” seven days a week until 2 a.m., borrowing the popular Reuben from Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar where Fehrenkamp works as manager. He hired James Brown to run the kitchen, a longtime friend who grew up across the street from him in Rochester. Brown’s local restaurant resume includes Lucia’s and The Lynn on Bryant.
Fehrenkamp has swapped out Cause’s pizza ovens for a grill, removed the stage, expanded the kitchen and slightly expanded the bar. The restaurant owner with a history degree appreciates the details in the 115-year-old building, and he’s named the pub after the bank vault-style door found in the basement.
The venue will play sports games — the fan club for Minnesota United is looking for a soccer bar, Fehrenkamp noted — but it won’t be a “rah-rah Champps kind of place,” he said.
The restaurant is applying for a liquor license that would allow amplified music, accommodating DJs and live music. There are no plans for exterior speakers on the building.
“We appreciate that there has been a call for live music venues, and that’s part of why we applied for this,” he said.
The tentative opening date is Memorial Day weekend.
“I hope you guys like it,” he said.