When new ballparks open, you always hear about how they’re going to be a boon to local business. I’d suspect that there’s some truth to that, even if it’s overstated. I mean, you won’t be able to open up seventeen restaurants, a miniature golf course, and a shopping mall tomorrow afternoon, but you’d at least think that a cool, established bar near the new place would certainly benefit, right?
A prominent sight from the back parking lot at Target Field is the historic illuminated sign for Lee’s Liquor Lounge. This proximity to the Twins’ new home has caused many people to insist to Lee’s proprietor Lou Sirian that he’s looking at a financial bonanza come 2010.
“I don’t buy it,’’ Sirian said. “That lot is going to be for the elite – the players and the people with the most expensive seats. They aren’t coming over here.’’
OK, Lou, but you’re about five-minute walk from a stairway for the masses. Surely, some of those folks will stop for a $4 pregame beer, rather than paying $8 inside the ballpark?
“That’s what we thought when Target Center opened,’’ Sirian said. “That was 20 years ago, and I’m still waiting for my first customer because of Target Center.”
After reading the whole article you get the sense that Sirian is a pathological pessimist, because by all accounts — both from the article and from people I know in Minnesota — his place is an institution, and yes, people are going to want to go there before and after games. But I like curmudgeons, so I kind of like to hear him complain and moan about everything.