Czech discotheque–themed club Kadan in Normal Heights is closing its doors at the end of August after over a decade of chess, day drinking, and some of the best electronic-music nights in town.
According to owner Chris Heaney, who named the bar after the Eastern European town in which he met his wife, the building’s new property owners declined to extend his lease and are instead leasing the location to the owners of Downtown gastropub Neighborhood.
“They didn’t want a local bar and club. They wanted something higher end,” Heaney says. “More of a True North.”
He says the new club will see the former site of Kadan and the adjacent Laundromat, liquor store, and taco shop combined into one big club.
Representatives of Neighborhood were unavailable for comment as of this writing.
“I was heartbroken to lose it,” Heaney says. “I really enjoyed that place...the underground atmosphere. It’s just a really nice, non-pigeon-holed venue. I’m devastated, but life goes on. I’ll find something and do it again.”
In the meantime, you can check out Heaney’s newest venture — the Rook — a two-month-old bar in La Mesa at the former location of the Falcon’s Lure (7747 University), which he describes as “a small kind of a sports bar.”
The Rook is currently waiting on entertainment permits before booking acoustic acts and ambient electronic music.
Heaney is also looking at other locations to open, which he isn’t able to talk about publicly yet, but hints: “I like the underground places.”
“I’ve had more than my fair share of fun at the venue and I’ll be sad to see it go,” says Lee “Dr. Indulgent” Reynolds of the popular future disco and tech-house dance monthly Moonshake. “San Diego needs more Kadans!”
Moonshake and Broken Beat (San Diego’s longest-running EDM monthly) plan to continue at as-of-yet unknown venues.