After Hüsker Dü disbanded in 1988, Norton formed the band Grey Area with Hüsker Dü engineer Colin Mansfield and Jo Jones. After Grey Area disbanded in 1991, Norton left the music business to focus on the restaurant business, opening The Norton's Restaurant (now closed) in Red Wing, Minnesota with his now ex-wife Sarah. Norton returned to the recording industry in 2006, with a new band Gang Font feat. Interloper. The group is composed of Norton, Dave King (of The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Halloween, Alaska, 12 Rods and the Love-Cars), Eric Fratzke of Zebulon Pike and Happy Apple, and Craig Taborn. He is known for his large handlebar moustache.