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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 a little 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 posting.

“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 Ave.) which he describes as “a little 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 that he can't 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.

Broken Beat held their last night at Kadan on Saturday and Moonshake’s farewell party will be on Friday, August 17.

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Jay Allen Sanford Aug. 11, 2012 @ 5:40 a.m.

Gonna miss this drinkin' dungeon, I hung out there a lot during its first couple of years, when I was living behind Lestat's - I still have several Overheard setups drawn there on napkins and Pennysavers -


ChristyS Aug. 16, 2012 @ 10:49 a.m.

Not Normal Heights! Kadan is in North Park. Normal Heights ends at the 805 bridge.


Coffeemarc Jan. 5, 2013 @ 3:43 p.m.

Forget the border....it's along the Adams Avenue corridor and is part of the Normal Heights community. If you told someone Kadan had been in North Park they wouldn't have looked for it on Adams Ave. They would have wandered around University Ave. I never understood that bizarro border...I'm in between Normal Heights and University Heights...and we call that "Between Heights" :) At any rate I hope the best for a relocation for Kadan.


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