Rumours nightclub and Innuendo pub at 213 East Fourth Street in Downtown St. Paul closed their doors permanently on October 30. Innuendo opened in May 2007, and Rumours debuted in October 2008.
Sean and Jim Fetterman, who owned both establishments, explained, “As most of you know, the light rail construction has been a strain on businesses affected on Fourth Street in St. Paul. We have attempted to work with the light rail project on time frames, communication, and alternatives to continue to serve our guests.
“Although there have been bright spots and glimmers of hope to see an end to the work, we have decided that we cannot continue to engage in this uphill battle to provide a clear path to our business, and limit interruption to our guest experience.
“The construction project began three months ahead of schedule, leaving us three weeks to create plans to notify and provide communication to our guests. In addition, the project has continually been pushed back, and communication on ‘what’s next’ has been unclear and, at times, nonexistent.”
Reflecting on their experience of owning Rumours/Innuendo, the Fettermans shared, “We want you to know that we have had a great time over the last almost four years, that business was really ‘rockin’ strong’ until this point of the light rail project, and that our decision to close down was due to construction of the light rail only. It was a tough decision for us to make, but one that we put a great deal of thought and consideration into.
“Our staff, managers, and partner groups provided a fun and friendly atmosphere where everyone felt like they could come and partake in the experience. We want to thank each of the staff members, and want you to help support them as they move on from Rumours and Innuendo. They have been the most incredible staff anyone could ever hope to have!”
Rumors and Innuendo built a solid reputation of supporting a bevy of GLBT community organizations in their fundraising efforts.
The Fettermans remarked, “Over the last four years, we have had the pleasure of working with so many groups and local nonprofits. We would like to thank you all for working with us, and wish you the best of luck as you continue to do your good work for the community.
“Our thanks go out to our partner groups: the Minneapolis Movie Bears; The Cockpit Minneapolis; the Minnesota Storm Patrol; The Atons; the Mayhem Rugby Team; the Guys and Dolls Show and crew; the Seduction Show and crew; the Get Bent Kings Show and crew; St. Paul Soul; the Imperial Court of Minnesota; and the North Star Gay Rodeo Association.”