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September 07, 2010

Teen dance club to open in Roch.

Here's the follow-up to my earlier tease about a new teen club in Roch.

This is the extended, director's cut version of the item I had in print Monday.

This space is the same one that Ken Dewan started to develop as The Beaker. He has since decided to focus his efforts on his Clay Oven restaurant.

Rochester teen-agers will soon have a new answer to the old question of what to do on Friday or Saturday night in southeastern Minnesota.

Dennis McDonough is opening Club Z - an teen dance club - at 1205 7th St. N.W. in the 7,500-square-foot space that last housed the El Regio pool hall.

6a00d83451cc8269e20120a88dd4c0970b-800wi "The kids need something else to do," says McDonough, who also owns Excalibur Sound & Light mobile DJ business. "When I grew up I wish there could have been a spot where I could have went to listen to music and dance."

He hopes to open the doors of Club Z for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

The early plans are to have  DJ music playing when the club is open from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Concessions-style food will be sold. No alcohol will be sold or allowed on the premises.

To meet local curfew rules, everybody will be out of the club before midnight and the younger students will be sent home sooner.

A cover of $7 will be charged at the door.

483105-footloose "That's cheaper than going to a movie," says McDonough.

To ensure a safe and fun atmosphere, Premier Security will be in the club and parking lot as well as McDonough's staff for a total of at least 10 adults on hand every night.

After the club gets rolling, he hopes to provide a venue for local high school bands to perform live. And it might eventually open after school as an afternoon hang-out.

Through the week, McDonough does plan on having free pool and darts lessons for teens provided by D & R Star of Rochester.

No matter how all of the details work out, the point of the club is to give local teens a place to gather.

"It is all about fun and music," he says.


What a great idea!!! I hope that this is very successful- I have for years tried to think of something that would serve the younger people. Good luck!

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