Aqua bros acquire Insert Coin(s)

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 8/12/2013

Shake-up at gamer nightclub Insert Coin(s) and other nightlife notes.

An Insert Coin(s) patron enjoying some "Tron."

Less than a year after opening, the downtown Minneapolis nightclub that merged video games and VIP is rebranding under new ownership. Last week Insert Coin(s) morphed into the Venue (or at least hung some new signage). An employee said Jado and Steve Hark – the brothers behind Aqua, who recently bought the Fine Line Music Cafe across the street – have acquired the club. It remained open through the weekend and it is unclear what (or if) other changes will be made. Calls to the Harks were not returned.

Another Warehouse District club with ties to the Harks has rebranded. Last month Elixir Lounge, which was founded by Steve Hark (though he’s no longer involved), quietly became Light Nightclub. Managing partner Ge Najm said he added a hookah patio, a 32-foot LED wall aimed at the EDM crowd and redid the layout for a “boutique nightclub” feel.

With Oktoberfest beers seemingly hitting shelves earlier each year, there’s no reason Tilia can’t throw a premature Bavarian bash. The Linden Hills restaurant’s third-annual Augtoberfest block party features some slightly ahead-of-season brews and live music from the Melismatics, Sleep Study, Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets, Southside Desire and more. Portions of the proceeds benefit People for Parks and Linden Hills Power and Light.

Photo: Marlin Levison]