Kadan owner Chris Heaney: “They wanted something higher end.”
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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.

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ChristyS Aug. 15, 2012 @ 4:53 p.m.

Kadan is in North Park, not Normal Heights. Normal Heights ends at the bridge over the 805.


petrden Aug. 15, 2012 @ 8:48 p.m.

The corner of 30th & Adams is actually University Heights - not North Park. 92116 zip code, My top pick for up & coming area


ChristyS Aug. 16, 2012 @ 4:19 p.m.

No, it isn't. University Heights ends at Texas Street to the east. The ZIP code doesn't matter -- it's what the city maps say. North Park goes north all the way to the 8 and east to the 805. You can see the maps on the city's website.


velo333 Aug. 28, 2012 @ 8:43 a.m.

Yes, it is. My trust deed clearly identifies my property northwest of 30th and Adams, developed in 1915, as "University Heights." Postal code does matter in this case: San Diego 16, California. City maps were revised in the early '70s when C. Arnholt Smith and his cronies were buying up single family homes, razing them, and replacing them with full-lot six pack apartment buildings. At that time the eastern part of University Heights was transferred to the North Park Planning Commission for administration. University Heights was delineated on August 6, 1888 with Subdivision Map #558. Trapezoidal in shape, the subdivision is bounded by the south rim of Mission Valley, the canyon where SR163 is today on the west, and Boundary St. on the east. Boundary St. is named for the divisonal boundary between City of San Diego pueblo land and the land belonging to Mission San Diego de Alcalà. The physical boundary separating University Heights and Normal Heights was the now obliterated Wabash Canyon where I-805 is today. Revisionists take note.


Javajoe25 Aug. 16, 2012 @ 12:02 a.m.

University Heights - not North Park? Normal Heights - not University Heights? Ole Behe? Excuse me? Does anyone actually know what is where?

As for University and/or Normal Heights, or North Park for that matter, becoming like the Gaslamp, I seriously doubt that is going to happen--in any of those neighborhoods! And I hope it never does. Who wants to pay $36.00 for a "medallion of lasagna"?

People need to realize that the Gaslamp pulls a lot of big bucks from the swanky hotels along the harbor, as well as the fat cat residents that live in the condos down there. People who are accustomed to strolling along the harbor side after dinner are not going to feel the same way about El Cajon Blvd. These are very different breeds of cats living in these neighborhoods and I've never agreed with that movie maxim: "If you build it, they will come." Getting them to come has never been the problem; it's getting them to come back. I wish these guys luck with the new place. In spite of the planned expansion, they've still got some big shoes to fill.


verminjerky Aug. 16, 2012 @ 7:17 p.m.

"If you build it, they will come," came from a Kevin Costner movie.

"Location, location, location," came from William Dillard, one of the greatest moguls of retail in America's history.

I quite think Mr. Dillard would've agreed with your perspective.


tranny63 Aug. 21, 2012 @ 12:43 a.m.

For years ...... Many the former site of Homer's ... A Favo dive bar opening at 6am When Homer passed away ....his son took over the Prop. Christa Ford owned the bar like for 20 yrs. A goldmine indeed.... When her lease ended It became a short-lived Tuba Man's moving from Univ./Arnold ..... Then Paradise ....Then Kadan .... Last of the local bars ....great prices


velo333 Aug. 28, 2012 @ 8:57 a.m.

This blighted block has been in need of sanitation and redevelopment for decades. It's nice to see that will finally be happening. I hope the drug dealer parking lot south of the liquor store will be cleaned up and used for customer parking. The neighborhoods to the north of Adams Avenue already suffer from the late night parking and loud, obnoxious drunken "bro'" behavior of the low-life patrons of Air Conditioned, including the criminals of opportunity who prey on them. Hopefully the new establishment will attract a more civil clientele, although the comparison with True North has me worried. The demographic attracted to AC and TN are notorious for their inability to hold their liquor without acting like fools. I will miss Sabrosito. I've been enjoying their outstanding carne asada and salsa picante for the 13 years I've lived here, only two minutes walk from home. Will they relocate nearby?


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