LEISURE Widely known to Nantes night owls and pool fans, the establishment announces its return. It will be in Rezé, near the Trois-Continents bridge, from Friday evening

Nantes: One year after its closure, the Wilton, famous ;ber billiard room, reopens in a new location

The new Wilton has 22 billiard tables. — F.Brenon/20Minutes

  • After lowering the curtain in October 2020, the Wilton finally reopens in Rezé.
  • It was installed , for 30 years near the Cité des Congrès.
  • The restaurant-bar-lounge now offers 22 pool tables.

The many nostalgic customers can already rejoice: the Wilton is not dead ! A veritable Nantes institution, this billiard room, which was also a bar-lounge and a restaurant (and even a disco at one level) ;more distant era), had officially closed. its doors on February 28 after 30 years of activity; rue de Rieux, near; two steps from the Cité congresses. The establishment, forced to lower the curtain from October 30, 2020 due to the health crisis, had to leave room for a real estate transaction.

“We received a lot of messages, of disappointment and of thanks.””It touched us a lot and made us think. Especially since the Covid had not allowed us to organize a closing party. Çit could not end like ça”, explains the management.

Twenty-two pool tables

The couple of managers therefore finally decided to reinvest to “write a new chapter” A place has been found: rue des Brèches at; Rezé, near the bridge of the Three Continents, at the location of the former restaurant-bar Nâo (ex New Saloon). And after “heavy work” open to the public on Friday evening. Seasoned enthusiasts or simple beginners will be able to discover 22 billiard tables (18 English and four American), which in fact, at new, the largest room in the Nantes area.

Nantes : One year after its closure, the Wilton, the famous billiard hall, reopens in a new location

The new Wilton is installed rue des brèches Ground floor. – F.Brenon/20Minutes

The establishment can also accommodate up to 400 guests in its bar, restaurant, wine cellar; to take with. “Unlike our previous site, we have a large outdoor terrace which we’ll be greening. We will offer pétanque and shuffleboard activities there on fine days,” the management appreciates. The Wilton, which employs 13 people, will be open seven days a week. 4am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.