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Established in 1985, the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant opened in St. Paul and has since moved to downtown Minneapolis. We are proud of our history as a part of the Twin Cities community. Read a little about it below!

Over the last nearly three decades the Dakota has taken new approaches to evolve our music styles, outreach, audience and approach to fine dining.

Opened in October of 1985 by Lowell Pickett, the Dakota was originally located in St. Paul’s Bandana Square.  Some years later with the intention to expand, Lowell partnered with current co-owner Richard Erickson and traveled across the river to Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall. Currently located at Target world headquarters, the Dakota has blossomed in its new home as a premier music venue in the Midwest.

Over the years we have housed acclaimed chefs, shelved exotic spirits and hosted the best and most talented musicians of the century: from Prince, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Ramsey Lewis and Betty LaVette to Larry Graham and Dave Brubeck.  Among the best musicians from both a local, national and international perspective, artists often request to play at the Dakota and it has become a bench mark location for many artists in terms of their musical success.

As we’ve grown, our resources have allowed us to expand our philanthropic efforts. The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education provides resources for Minnesota’s youth to learn jazz from a traditional perspective. We believe strongly in the preservation of jazz as an immense piece of American tradition. By giving our youth the inspiration of great musicians, we allow them a foundation from which to form their own music and maybe, just maybe create a completely new genre and style of music. Appreciation and mastery of musical arts is what the Dakota has promoted in every way possible for nearly 30 years.


Jane Matteson Obituary

Star Tribune:  April 13, 2003 The Duchess of the Dakota Bar & Grill passes away…Click here to view article.

Dakota Bar Moves!

Star Tribune:  July 9, 2003 The Dakota moves to Minneapolis!…Click here to view article.

Moving a Jazz Club

Star Tribune:  October 9, 2003 The Dakota is not the first jazz club to move…Click here to view article.

Jazzy New Location

Star Tribune:  October 9, 2003 Why did the Dakota cross the river?…Click here to view article.

Now Open!

Star Tribune: October 29, 2003 Dakota opens in downtown Minneapolis at 1010 Nicollet Mall. Click here to view article.

The New Dakota

Star Tribune:  November 3, 2003 The Dakota’s loving its new digs…Click here to view article.

Pouring Downtown

Star Tribune:  November 8, 2003 A weak economy isn’t stopping new restaurants downtown…Click here to view article.

Nightclub Profile

Star Tribune: November 23, 2003 Featuring the Dakota, it brings a new and old ideas to a new location. Click here to view article.