Nightclub to open in mid Nov.
A new nightclub featuring a DJ and electronic music will be opening soon right in the heart of Towson.
The Torrent Lounge, formerly known as the Recher Theatre, will soon be completed and open to the public according to the venue’s owner Brian Recher.
“I’m really excited,” Recher said. “I know this is going to be a hit.”
Recher said the Torrent will open its doors in mid-November and the admission price will depend on the talent playing that night.
“If [students] are just coming out to see local DJs or just want to dance, we’ll only charge them $5 at the door,” Recher said. “If the entertainment is well-known and popular we’ll charge more.”
The 7,000-square-foot Torrent Lounge was previously known as The Recher Theatre, a venue for local and popular bands that was established in 1996. According to Recher the venue had “all genres of music” and was an extremely popular place for local entertainment to perform and get noticed.
But then sales began to drop.
“One band wasn’t enough to sell shows in this area,” Recher said. “Sometimes you’d have to have a headliner or even two headliners just to get enough people to come in.”
Although Recher said he had a lot of fun owning the venue, there had to be a change otherwise they were going to be pushed out by the competition.
Last December, Recher turned the back green room of the Recher Theatre into a small dance room with a DJ, which he called the Torrent Lounge.
“It was a huge success for something its size,” he said.
A few months later he announced that he was converting the entire theater into a dance club and named it the Torrent Lounge.
After the change was announced, it was criticized by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.
Councilman Marks argued in a previous Towerlight story that other businesses in the area were against the huge traffic of kids that the Torrent would bring.
The Law Offices of Charles E. Brooks filed a petition in March to prevent the Recher Theatre from renewing its liquor license on behalf of local residents and business owners as well. The petition was dismissed due to the small number of protesters present at the hearing, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Recher said the complaints were unfounded and that it was simply the competition trying to shut them down.
“We have so much support for this venue,” he said. “We have local businesses, law firms and doctors offices behind us.”
Recher said that the Torrent Lounge was also supported by Nancy Hafford, the Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.
The Recher family started their business in 1959, which has been handed down throughout the generations since.
“My great-grandfather owned this business, my grandparents owned it, my parents owned it, and my brother Scott and I have owned this business for 18 years,” Recher said. “We’re a third generation of business owners and people around here know us.”
Recher said the Torrent has so many supporters because the increase in traffic will help the local businesses.
“It’s good for Towson and it’s good for the students,” Recher said. “We want to give students a reason to stay in Towson instead of going all the way downtown to Baltimore.”
The venue will also have a dress code.
“We want people to keep their pants up and we don’t want girls wearing tank-tops,” Recher said. “We’re not strict, we just don’t want people to come looking like slobs.”
The Torrent currently does not have a schedule of performances.
“You have to schedule DJ months in advance and we don’t really have an actual venue right now so it’ll be awhile before we have it,” Recher said. “But when we’re ready, I know students are going to like it.”