Jeff Arundel's fantastical downtown Minneapolis house -- described as "Tim Burton meets 'Lord of the Rings'" by the Star Tribune -- has been on and off the market for years. The musician and restaurateur (Aster Cafe, Jefe Urban Hacienda ) may have finally found a buyer, one that hopes to transform the space into a "destination brewery."
Last month, Bloomington-based Work Zone Breweries Inc. submitted a liquor license application for a new venture called Brass Foundry Brewing Co., the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports. If approved, the Brass Foundry plan would turn the residential space located blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium into a brewery/taproom.
Brass Foundry would sell pints, obviously, plus offer off-sale growlers and food truck options. The architectural character of the 4,500-plus-square-foot structure would be preserved, company reps told the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Land Committee. The DMNA recommended approval of the licensure requests for Brass Foundry, the Biz Journal reports.
Arundel purchased the one-of-a-kind property at 247 10th Ave. S. for $1.1 million in 2002, according to county records. Built in 1911, the building previously housed a blacksmith shop and, later, a dance studio owned by John and Sage Cowles, the late local arts boosters. It last hit the market in 2014 for $2.7 million.
"It’s the greatest party house," Arundel told the Strib in 2014.
Now the party might be going public. You can -- and should! -- check out photos of his incredible downtown castle here.
Semi-related: To answer inevitable cries from our comment section, Minneapolis is not brewing a craft-beer bubble.