After ending a 66-year run in 2016, the owners, Rob and Toy Jacob, of Nye’s Polonaise Room are tackling a new project called Nye’s Piano Bar. The new spot is slated to open in Northeast Minneapolis Thursday. It’ll occupy the same space where the Nye polka bar once stood at 112 E. Hennepin Avenue and will officially open its doors at 4 p.m. on January 11th according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
This take will be significantly smaller—1,300 square feet instead of the 11,000 square-foot monster that once was—but will serve up cocktails and beer, martinis, wine, champagne, and more seven days a week. Don’t come hungry, though, because there won’t be any food.
Nye’s Polonaise Room first opened in 1950 by Al Nye and changed little in the ensuing years. It was purchased in 1999 by Ron and Tony Jacob, who continued to run the business much the same, until the decision was made to raze the aging building and replace most of the space with apartments. When it became obvious just how beloved the institution was, the owners decided to add back at least a part of Nye’s to the current construction.
Nye’s Piano Bar will be open seven days a week.