The sovereigns of Superior Street have been usurped - by a pig.
Downtown Duluth's Tycoons Zenith Alehouse is closing this fall, and the Blind Pig will quickly be taking its place.
"Beyond the name, it's going to be a very different place overall," said Marissa Saurer, marketing manager for the restaurant's owners, Just Take Action Inc. "Tycoons has been a dinner place to go, kind of a fine-dining establishment. The Blind Pig is going to be a gastropub and alehouse - higher quality but more casual."
Tycoons, a staple at 132 E. Superior St. for nearly five years, dubbed itself a "modern supperclub." It opened in 2011 with a nod to Duluth's past - the 128-year-old building, designed by architect Oliver Traphagen, housed Duluth City Hall from 1889 to 1929.
But with a revitalization of the Historic Arts and Theater District underway, including the $30 million renovation of the NorShor Theatre, the corner pub is repositioning itself to cater to changing crowds.
"We want to kind of reinvent the venue to better suit the kind of traffic that this exciting new area is going to foster," Saurer said. "It's going to be a better fit for this up-and-coming district, which we really have a lot of excitement for."
Just Take Action - the Duluth company that also owns Fitger's Brewhouse, Endion Station, the Barrel Room and Burrito Union - plans to close Tycoons Oct. 17 and open Blind Pig to the public Oct. 22.
The casual menu will feature locally raised beef and pork, and will focus more on sandwiches.
Saurer said the pool table will be moved to the main level, and live music will become a staple Thursday through Sunday.
"There will be a lot more energy in the place as well."