ProjectMavenLocationAntwerp, BelgiumManufacturersPioneer Pro Audio (AlphaTheta EMEA Limited)AcousticianDiscostore, BelgiumSubmitted byPioneer Pro Audio

Dining-out long since ceased to be about simply eating. The modern restaurant seeks to provide its customers with an ‘experience’; often investing significantly in specialist designers to assist the creation of a unique atmosphere and ambience that reflect its particular vision.

Amongst the plethora of ideas and styles that characterise the sector, one aspect is common to virtually every setting.

Music, of whatever genre in a restaurant environment, is fundamental to the vibe, and as such, demands the best possible audio provision. Two examples of new restaurants which recently opened in the Belgian ‘capital of cool’, Antwerp, support the principle that good sound is an essential ingredient for the dinner table.

Erwin Nuyts, co-owner of Antwerp based audio and lighting integrator Discostore, was called on to create systems for both Sergio Herman’s “New Italian” style, Le Pristine, and Maven, a concept meat restaurant created by renowned butcher Luc De Laet, catering entrepreneur Wim Van Der Borght, and young manager Jules Koninckx.

At Maven, located in a characterful old warehouse on the Scheldt river, everything was stripped back and completely refitted to create an innovative, high-end restaurant whose ambience would be as impactful as its incredible food. Music was to be a very important part of the atmosphere with DJs performing at certain times to deliver a club-like feel. A high-quality sound system was required, and Maven’s manager, Jules Koninckx knew who to call:

“Pioneer Pro Audio loudspeakers are probably the best in the world, and our contact at the brand helped us choose exactly what we needed.”