Countless Falkenbergers and visitors have amused themselves at the Gustaf Bratt entertainment palace through the years. But when the house was built in 1861, its function was actually to serve as a granary for grain that was intended for export abroad.
History of the house
The granary was built by Anders G. Hellman, who was among the first to start selling grain to foreign countries. Near the close of the 19th century, a total of nine granaries were built in Falkenberg.
In the mid-19th century, the Falkenbergers planted pine trees and erected sand traps to deal with the drifting sands that made it difficult to cultivate crops along the coastline. As the fields become more numerous and bigger, foreign exports of oats also increased. Between 1860 and 1865 alone, the amount nearly doubled. The harbour was also expanded, making it possible for bigger vessels to dock at Falkenberg.
Gustaf Bratt takes over
Following the end of World War II, the building’s granary days were over, and the second floor was rented out to an egg exporter named Gustaf Bratt. Bratt ran a business buying eggs from farmers in the countryside and transported them to the warehouse, where they were packed in wooden crates and shipped abroad. The property served as a warehouse from 1954 to 1969.
Restaurant and night club
At the end of the 60s, a new type of business was established in the building. The top floor was turned into a disco in 1969. A couple years later, the second floor was also incorporated into the disco, and it remains Sweden’s oldest operational night club to this day. There is also a lovely restaurant here today.
- Brogatan 1, Falkenberg