Now Open: Brabant Bar & Café
A Belgian in South Park
As a former theatre major at SDSU, Adam Parker knows the importance of backdrop and setting, which is why he wanted a distinct feel for patrons the moment they step inside South Park’s new Brabant Bar & Café. “When you walk in off 30th… I want it to feel like you walked into a café in Brussels or Bruges,” Parker says of Brabant. Parker and partners Tony and Randy Konja aren’t just opening a Belgian-inspired café, where you can sip Belgian ales and nibble on mussels, house-made sausage, and croquettes. They are offering a unique experience the land of IPAs hasn’t seen before. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Belgian beer; I love the culture, love the food,” says Parker, who was the general manager at K’nB Wine Cellars. “Every choice we’ve made; beverages, to all the food, the décor, the music, it’s all Belgian… with just a touch of our bombastic, weird personality.” Check the leg of that table; it’s the same you might see at a café in Belgium. The same goes for the glassware, lighting fixtures, and, yes, even some elements in the bathroom. “You can find an IPA anywhere, but nowhere is there a place with a serious dedication to Belgian ale,” Parker says of Brabant, which is located in the old Vagabond spot off 30th and Juniper streets.