Stairway to Heaven is officially history

Stairway to Heaven during the daytime in Utrecht. This is how the cafe used to look before all memorabilia was sold in an online auction in 2015. Then name changed to 'Stairway' and the cafe took on a more ordinary style. Image credit: Victor van Werkhooven / CC BY-SA.
Stairway to Heaven during the daytime in Utrecht. This is how the cafe used to look before all memorabilia was sold in an online auction in 2015. Then name changed to 'Stairway' and the cafe took on a more ordinary style. Image credit: Victor van Werkhooven / CC BY-SA.

Last updated 1 month ago by Michael Darmanin

The iconic Utrecht café Stairway, formerly known as ‘Stairway to Heaven’, will officially close from today onward.

Henk Westbroek and his wife Julia Harris have transferred ownership of the location to their daughter and her partner. Renovations under the new leadership will start as soon as possible giving way to a new concept and a matching name.

Henk Westbroek, who became popular as a musical artist in the Netherlands in the seventies with his band ‘Het Goede Doel’, created Stairway to Heaven with the intention to set up a American Rock Bar concept similar to the Hard Rock Café.

The original concept featured signed musical instruments and other memorabilia hanging on the walls in memory of rock legends of that era. Over 750 well known artists including Alanis Morisette, Herman Brood, Shania Twain and Golden Earring were just some of the stars that performed there.

Chrissie Westbroek posing with memorabilia that used to hang in former Utrecht café Stairway to Heaven. Image credit and copyright © Angeliek de Jonge

“Last year my wife and I decided to retire after the 25th anniversary of Stairway. Julia and I would like to thank everyone who came to us for a drink, eat or enjoy live music,” Henk Westbroek told on social media.

The new business owners, Chrissie Westbroek and her partner Dani Aguilera are going to rebuild the business, change the concept and give it a new name. They believe that Utrecht is ready for something new. The renovations are expected to take up to six weeks.

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