On 21 December, the legendary Chlösterli in Grund will reopen. Offering Italian cuisine, a piano bar, live music and DJs until the early hours of the morning, the venue will round off the range of nightlife on offer in Saanen.
Marcel Bach is now in charge of Chlösterli in addition to the Hotel Sonnenhof, the Rössli in Feutersoey, the Solsana and The Alpina. It’s been tastefully renovated and is now ready to reopen on Friday, 21 December. “Gstaad already benefits from very good restaurants, hotels and other great facilities. However, there’s a lack of entertainment and fun,” says the new co-owner Marcel Bach, commenting on the benefits of the venue reopening. In the 80s and 90s, the restaurant was the place to go for both locals and visitors. Back then, revellers even drove all the way from Bern to Grund for a night out. Today, Bach is harking back to these good old times while breathing new life into Chlösterli.
A free shuttle bus service
The new concept is targeting both visitors and locals, including the young and the young-at-heart. “We serve food from 7pm and the dancing starts later, so you’ll get home before midnight after a great night out.” This is particularly good for families and those who no longer like to stay out until the early hours of the morning. Italian specialities are on the menu, with pizza and pasta. Of course, Swiss dishes will also feature. Live music will play until midnight, then a DJ takes over. “The party for late-night revellers will go on until 3.30am,” explains Bach. To ensure that distance is no object, Chlösterli is providing a free shuttle bus from the Gstaad cinema car park.
From folklore to country
In addition to its standard offerings, Chlösterli will also host special events such as folklore and country evenings. Bach also wants to collaborate with Jeunesse Saanenland and traditional staff parties will be held at Chlösterli.
While Bach is the general manager, Franco Paloschi (formerly from The Alpina) is in charge of the restaurant and Romano Santin (formerly from GreenGo) for the dancing.
Closed for a few years
After Michel Pastor purchased Chlösterli from the Müllener family, it was completely renovated in 2003 and then reopened as a gourmet restaurant and nightspot called Alpenbistro. However, it’s been closed for about seven years. Bach Immobilien AG, Matti Immobilien AG and Walter Egger have now purchased the venue, which is located between Gstaad and Feutersoey.
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