Visionary chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Bril wanted The Jane to be a “total experience” for diners: a fusion of gastronomy, great music and exciting cocktails with an energetic yet relaxed vibe.. On finding a huge run-down church, they assembled a team of acclaimed architects and designers to make their dream a reality. With music a key ingredient, they asked Pioneer Pro Audio to create a sound system that could provide a comfortable level of music in the restaurant and an energetic, pre-clubbing vibe in the mezzanine bar.
It’s really nice to see that even in a big space like this you can create an intense, musical experience without pushing the volume limits. It’s created through the quality of the speakers, and how they are located. It balances perfectly.Nick Bril | Chef and co-owner | The Jane
Creating a unique sensory experience
“With my love of art and design and Nick’s passion for DJing, we wanted to create a synergy between these worlds and the world of great food. To bring it all together and give people a complete experience.”
Sergio Herman, Chef and co-owner, The Jane
Following the success of their 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Oud Sluis, chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Bril wanted to create a completely new experience for diners: The Jane. The Jane serves a mix of fine dining and music in a relaxed atmosphere, set against the backdrop of a stunningly renovated church.
Opened in 2014, The Jane has two areas. Downstairs is a high-end restaurant for 75 people, while upstairs is a 38-seater bar area where guests can share food, enjoy cocktails and listen to local and international DJs. Later in the evening diners can move upstairs to enjoy a pre-clubbing vibe and The Jane also hosts special events where big- name DJs play to the whole venue.
The Jane team had a clear idea of the kind of sound they needed, as Bril explains:“We wanted the music to be like a waterfall – with more intensity upstairs, yet diners downstairs still being able to appreciate the full range of the sound flowing into the restaurant.”The team also needed a system that could be turned up later in the evening – and pushed even harder during special events.
The vast old church posed a number of acoustic challenges – with high ceilings plus lots of reflective surfaces provided by the tiled floors and stained glass windows. And getting the sound right before the first guests have walked through the door was not going to be easy. The Jane team decided Pioneer Pro Audio was the team to help them bring their vision to life.
Nick Bril | Chef and owner | The Jane