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'Sound: Duluth' restaurant will replace Blind Pig

The building at 132 E. Superior St. will have a new tenant in January when Sound: Duluth opens. File / News Tribune

Third time's the charm for a restaurant and music venue at Duluth's old city hall at 132 E. Superior St.

Sound: Duluth will introduce an all-new concept to the former home of Tycoon's and the Blind Pig when it opens in January.

"It's a small-plate restaurant, which is going to be focused on sustainable seafood and sustainable products," chef Patrick Scott Moore, who will own the restaurant with his wife, told the News Tribune last week. "Expect to see a raw bar with oysters, and all of our small plates are going to be rotating."

Along with small bites and shareables will be a stable menu of steaks and burgers, said Moore, who was the original chef at Pier B and has been involved in high-end restaurant projects around the world.

"This chef-centric and chef-operated dining and music venue will feature Chef Patrick's extraordinary culinary skills with a sustainable menu with honest food," building owner Just Take Action, which is leasing out the restaurant space, said in a news release. "We're excited to see Chef Patrick make his mark here and are wishing him every success."

Just Take Action owns Fitger's Brewhouse and other area businesses, including the Rathskeller in the basement of 132 E. Superior St. and the Old City Hall Events Center on the top floor. The company's Blind Pig gastropub closed this fall, a year after replacing Tycoon's, which opened in 2011 after a $2.4 million restoration to the Oliver Traphagen-designed building.

Sound will start offering music before the restaurant fully opens with a 9 p.m. show Dec. 15 featuring string masters Darol Anger, Danny Barns, Bryn Davies, Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy on stage together.

The restaurant and venue is meant to complement the increasing draw of the immediate area — Duluth's Historic Arts & Theater District — led by the Norshor Theatre's renovation.

"Bringing internationally touring artists to a small venue that has really good food — that's pretty much what it comes down to," Moore said. "I think it fits really nicely with the revamp of the HART district."

Brooks Johnson

Brooks covers business and the economy for the Duluth News Tribune.

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