Downtown Duluth’s Flame Nightclub, the city’s first and only LGBTQ bar and nightclub, has sold to a new owner.
The new owner, Justin Vranish, took over Jan. 31. He's expected to not make major changes to the nightclub, former owner Alvin Berg said.
The deal was initially planned to close in September 2019 with a sale price of $790,000, but changes to a bank loan caused Berg to take it off the market. After finding a new real estate agent and putting it back on the market, Vranish decided to move forward with the purchase again, Berg said.
The building along North First Avenue West sold for $815,000 in January, according to St. Louis County public property documents.
Berg said that Vranish doesn’t have plans to change much about the bar, besides slight additions to put his own "signature" on it.
“What's nice for me (is) he continues on (the) legacy of the Flame,” Berg said.
Berg will still own the Superior location, which he has plans to renovate, he said. He will also continue as owner of a car dealership.
During his time as owner, Berg said he raised over an estimated $100,000 between the two locations for issues related to local people in need, LGBTQ pride, women’s rights and more through fundraisers and events — something he expects Justin will continue.
Duluth’s Flame opened over seven years ago as a counterpart to the Superior location, according to News Tribune reporting.