Those mourning the closing of Fort Lauderdale nightclub Christopher's have something to look forward to with the Chase. The locale of the former Broward County institution opened again under this new moniker last night. No relation to the banking organization, the Chase will occupy the same 10,000-square-foot location that Christopher's did for over 30 years, on the Eastern end of Oakland Park Boulevard, just a stone's throw away from the Intracoastal. The Chase owner Laurie Pandolfo even put over half a million dollars in renovations into the space.
According to Pandolfo, the nightclub and lounge has a catwalk right of the main bar, and four other bars to entertain their clientele. The Chase also features high vaulted ceilings with a bevy of crystal chandeliers, a VIP section contained in a loft that overlooks the entire dance floor, and something a little different, a swing on the dance floor, which is meant to recreate a "Cirque du Soleil atmosphere."
In the Chase, Pandolofo hopes to recreate another Broward County nightlife legend in the vein of Christopher's. She tells us the area around Oakland Park Boulevard has died down in the past few years, but now with the opening of the Chase, and with the popularity of places like the Grateful Palate and Bokampers, this part of Oakland Park Boulevard will become a bevy of activity once again.
She also says that the club will be doing something that hasn't been done at the venue before, featuring live bands and an open house format. Look for Latin Night on Fridays, and top 40 and house on Saturdays. Thursdays through Sundays will feature happy hours and a bar menu, fashion shows, art exhibitions, theme parties, and a variety of celebrity DJs.
The VIP opening party was last night. Montreal DJ Sandy Duperval set up shop behind the decks all night. If you want to check out this new spot, the Chase is located at 2857 Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-561-2136, or email [email protected] for a table.