The Belgian venue, now named Grand Café Capital, was completely destroyed in a 2010 fire after six years in operation.
The Antwerp venue, now named Grand Café Capital, was forced to shut down after it was completely destroyed in a 2010 fire. Founder "Anthony [Van Isacker] has been working to reopen the club for years now," co-manager Carlos Michielsen told the Belgium-based Red Bull Elektropedia.
The space has a restaurant, terrace and "Japanese-inspired" design, with the low-capacity club area, equipped with an HK soundsystem, downstairs. However, Grand Café Capital will "take it easy" with club nights to start, according to Michielsens, who added, "We'll see where things go, although I'm sure we'll do the reputation of this special place justice."
The first parties, taking place on June 9th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, will be hosted by local crews Café au Lait, One More Time, The Love Below and Hush Hush, respectively.
When the original Café Capital burned down, it had been running for six years, since 2004. In that time, the venue established itself as one of the city's most popular nightclubs, playing host to the likes of Theo Parrish, Four Tet, Marcel Dettmann and more.
It's been an up-and-down year for Belgian nightlife. Earlier this year, fellow Antwerp club Café d'Anvers was forced to close just ahead of its 30th anniversary. In Ghent, Kompass Klub was ordered to close for four months by the city's mayor in March, though that decision was overturned within a few weeks. Capital city Brussels welcomed two new venues last month, FORMATT and La Cabane.
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