'Cafe Du Nord' Reopens June 1 With Rogue Wave Show, Adds DJs, Comedy

Last month, Hoodline uncovered news that Cafe Du Nord was ending its run as a cocktail bar so it could transition back to a full-time music venue.

Now, SFist reports that the club at 2174 Market St. will host its official reopening party on June 1st.

Live acts, DJs and comedy are coming to the reborn space; Noise Pop announced local indie band Rogue Wave for the kickoff show next month. Other upcoming shows can be found on Swedish American Hall's website.

SFist also noted that the Du Nord burger will stay on the menu, as will the bucket of fried chicken; manager and Woodhouse Fish Company owner Dylan MacNiven reportedly plans to add a lobster roll. The kitchen may only be open during the week or on non-show nights, but details about opening hours have yet to be confirmed.

Originally opened in 1907, Cafe Du Nord is located below The Swedish-American Hall. In 2013, it was sold to Dylan MacNiven (West of Pecos, Woodhouse Fish Company), before a 2015 renovation.

Bucket of fried chicken. | Photo: Elena M./Yelp

Some additional renovations took place in the last weeks, such as the removal of a wall that separated the Viking Room dining area from the main bar. Visitors will now find a second smaller bar close to the stage; further work is expected to be done in the upcoming months.

Upstairs, the Basque-inspired tapas restaurant Aatxe is closing its doors on May 28th. It's possible that the eatery will be reincarnated elsewhere.

According to SF Planning's landmark designation report, the building is "architecturally significant as an embodiment of the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, and method of construction," in addition to "being an architecturally significant work of master architect August Nordin."

Cafe Du Nord visitors will find a new plaque that was installed this week after the Swedish Society, the Historical Preservation Commission, Supervisor Sheehy and Senator Wiener came to the Swedish American Hall to formally commemorate the building's new landmark status.

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