Driving along East Hennepin Avenue in northeast Minneapolis, you might not notice it right away, but there’s a new tenant in town.
The former popular Honey nightclub is now home to the Jetset Underground.
“It was kind of a lot of pressure because everyone was like, ‘Honey, that’s awesome,'” Peter Kirihara said.
He and Susan Liesch are the new owners of the gay restaurant and bar Jetset Underground. But Kirihara and Jetset are no strangers to Minneapolis. He was a pioneer in the North Loop neighborhood, opening three major businesses – Moose and Sadie’s, Bev’s Wine Bar and Jetset.
In 2017, former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges even declared August 29 Peter Kirihara Day for all his hard work building the North Loop.
“The fact that at the time all three of them were still thriving, they just thought it was cool, just the little kid from Bloomington was just doing his thing and thriving,” Kirihara said.
That’s why it was hit hard when Kirihara had to shut down Jetset in 2018.
“We closed because the North Loop got really hot, so everyone who owned buildings sold their buildings,” he said. “They all cashed in.”
But now the “Jetsetters” have a new home across the river, and it might sound more familiar than you think.
“We salvaged everything we could and used everything we could from the old Jetset,” he said. “We have our original sofas. And then, of course, our globes here, which are also in the entrance.
Kirihara just hopes to grow with the community and open its doors to everyone.
“Primarily it was a gay men’s bar, and now we’re really hoping to grow, you know, trans and women and non-binary, so hopefully it’s all-inclusive, more than that,” a- he declared. .
The place is now open from Wednesday to Saturday.