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Offbeat Strasbourg: When the historic building of an old bank "becomes an English pub"

12:25  10 june  2021
12:25  10 june  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The drunky stork social club à Strasbourg le 9 juin 2021. © G. Varela / 20 minutes The Druck Stork Social Club in Strasbourg on June 9, 2021. Urbanism - The Drucky Stork Social Club has just seized the old Strasburger Strasbourg building with abandonment For thirty years

, there are thirty years that Strasbourg covet it, imagine it, and above all wonder what can look like the interior of the old Strassburger Bank , located on rue du Old wine market. Like a cocoon, the place today welcomes the The Druck Stork Social Club , a restaurant (and more) which sticks well to the history of this remarkable building dating from 1897.

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the imposing building nebaark in pink stoneware , a austere strand with his façade often in the shade, originally housed the headquarters of the Strassburger Bank. The dramatic building was then occupied by the BNP before being taken over by an antique dealer in 1974, which left it ten years later. Since then, the place is abandoned, become the kingdom of pigeons. Remained the memory of a beautiful glass roof, a castle staircase and some fantasies more or less wacky ... Real estate promoters, catering chains, the sumptuous building located in the city center Years seriously deteriorated.

The drunky stork social club à Strasbourg le 9 juin 2021. - G. Varela / 20 Minutes © Provided by 20 minutes The Drunky Stork Social Club in Strasbourg on June 9, 2021. - G. Varela / 20 minutes A place of life "So British"

Asbestos problem, presence of lead, pharaonic works ... it has Just wait until June 9, 2021, with the reopening of the restaurants, to finally be able to pass "on the other side". Totally inspired by the English culture and its pubs, the new bosses, Diabolo Pepper Management, aka Jérôme Fricker, Gilles Egloff and Christophe Lemennais, well known to the world of Strasbourg restoration , are now owner of the business. No less than three million euros have been invested to redo live this classified building. Sanitation, creation of an elevator, decoration, the renovation of the Strassburger Bank will have requested almost a year of work, punctuated by the restrictions of the health crisis while the establishment was ready, since last November, finally opened.

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More than a restaurant, Stork Club is above all a place of life under the restored canopy perched to seven meters high. Around the central counter, centerpiece in the Art Deco style surmounted by a gigantic circular and flat speaker that also serves as a giant screen, hides a curiosity cabinet. Around this great room that can accommodate up to 90 seats, with views of the kitchen, mezzanines, living rooms that can be privatized, all connected with beautiful plasma screens if necessary.

The drunky stork social club à Strasbourg le 9 juin 2021. - G. Varela / 20 Minutes © Provided by 20 minutes the Drunky Stork Social Club in Strasbourg on June 9, 2021. - G. Varela / 20 minutes

Woodwork As in pubs, paintings, objects Chin, earthenware rub shoulders with old radiators or ceiling moldings, kept by The designer Pascal Claude Drach and give a patina all British, where we come for a drink between friends before restoring and finishing the evening in a lounge atmosphere. It is even possible to eat in the former office of the Bank's management. It may not miss a small British flag in decorate, somewhere, to really feel transported on the other side of the Channel. Of the 800 m2 operated, more than 400 m2 are dedicated to the clientele with the possibility of reaching the 400 seats. At the map of Chef Marc Dufour , accessible dishes that are inspired by the British cosmopolitan trends but also from Europe and Asia. At the bar, beer shooters and a whole pleiade of cocktails.

The opportunity to finally discover this new place that could well impose itself as a must-see of the Strasbourg life both the renovation is neat for this extraordinary place which feels good the story as it just has to be born.

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