March 28, 2023

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Olivier Descht, 41, opened a sports bar in Ghent: “And no, it will not be a fan cafe in Anderlecht” (Ghent)

Olivier Descht, 41, opened a sports bar in Ghent: “And no, it will not be a fan cafe in Anderlecht” (Ghent)

Olivier Descht used to be a regular customer at the café. © fvv


At the end of July, 41-year-old former professional footballer Olivier Deschacht will open a sports bar in the Oude Beestenmarkt in Ghent. The former cafe Dynasty has been renamed “Vici”. You will be able to play pool and darts and watch sports on TV.

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“Vici” will be a sports bar in the broadest sense of the word. “You will still be able to play pool as before, but there will also be dart boards and some televisions,” said Deschach, who played for Anderlecht for a long time and finished his career at Szolte-Wargem. “And yes, you will be able to see more sports in this field than just football (Laugh). Biking, tennis…everything covered. By the way, it will not be a fan cafe in Anderlecht, everyone is welcome. ”

He currently works as an analyst and trainer for Our Little Devils, but despite his busy schedule, Deschacht often comes to the café for a drink. “Many celebrities start a business and have never set foot in, but that’s not the plan. A conversation about football, flashbacks, all this will be possible. Zulte Waregem player Laurens De Bock, who also invests in business, plans to visit her often. We hope that We see many other familiar faces so we can create the “Wall of Fame.” (Read more below the photo)

The beds reopen at the end of July.

The beds reopen at the end of July. © fvv

Olivier will not stand behind the tap. “My brother Xavier and a friend of ours, who is the manager, do it. We will open our doors at the end of July, but there are still renovations planned first. The entire interior is being renovated.”

regular customer

The former football player used to be a regular customer at Café Dynasty. “I used to play pool on my days off. There was always a nice atmosphere. One day, the café owner Jean-Pierre Kurz came to me to say he wanted to stop. I always wanted to do something in the hospitality industry, but only after my playing career. That career finally continued until I reached I am forty and there were pirates on the coast, but Jean-Pierre was waiting for me. ”

Jean-Pierre (70) would love to see the renewal of the dynasty happen. “It’s in good hands, I’m sure. The interior was definitely in need of an update. Yes, on my days off, I’ll definitely come here for a drink. A matter of supporting the new owners, and seeing my old clients again.”

Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre himself stands behind De Kneut’s table in Hijfte. “Great for ushering in a new adventure after 27 years of Dynasty. This is a real village pub that attracts an older crowd. We still have a lot to do, but the pace is a bit slower.”

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