Beaner’s Central, the coffee shop that has served as a popular music venue since the late 1990s, will kick off its third decade of existence by adopting a new name: Wussow’s Concert Cafe.
“Although the name Beaners was chosen twenty years ago out of innocent unawareness, it is undeniable that this word is xenophobic and offensive to many,” owner Jason Wussow said in a news release. Wussow said the cafe’s staff is “committed to creating an unquestionably compassionate and inclusive place for all, a place that Duluth can be proud of.”
The cafe at 324 N. Central Ave. will host a 20th anniversary celebration on July 26-27 with live music from The Fractals, Father Hennepin, Charlie Parr and more. Wussow said Saturday’s event will take place outdoors and be family friendly. “The entire celebration is free to the public,” he said.
Beaner’s Central opened in July 1999 and over the years has hosted bands such as Trampled By Turtles and Haley Bonar. “Mason Jennings came through before anyone knew his name, and some of our most beloved local musicians spent their formative years performing at open mic,” Wussow said.