Where does … Arno from ‘Regi Academy’ eat? “Like ordering an American burger along Route 66”

In October Arno Louwette from Maasmechelen won ‘Regi Academy’.© RR

For more than three months, ‘Regi Academy’ winner Arno Louwette (22) has been in the charts with his first single ‘If I lose myself’. “This year is a real learning year for me, because I can go on tour with Regi this summer,” he reveals. In between, the Maasmechelaar likes to relax at the following addresses.

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Terhills Cable Park in Dilsen-Stokkem

“In the summer I like to sit on the terrace at the Terhills Cable Park, because I really feel like I’m on vacation there. Feet in the sand, a view of the water and nature and a nice beat in the background. Should not be more.”

National Parklaan 5 in Dilsen-Stokkem. Closed in low season. Information: www.terhillscablepark.be

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Giulianos in Maasmechelen, Genk and Hasselt

“Italian cuisine is always top notch. At Giuliano’s it is always nice and cozy and they are located at several locations: in Genk, in my hometown Maasmechelen, but also in Hasselt, where I now live. I like to order a scampi pizza, but the pastas are also super tasty.”

Via Media 1 bus 14 in Hasselt, Neerzijstraat 41 in Genk and Zetellaan 100 bus 30 in Maasmechelen. Info and opening hours per location: www.giuliano.world

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Rodeo in Pelt

“Western vibes a volonté here and that just makes it extra fun. This Mexican-influenced steak restaurant is a real treat. The fajitas are also delicious.”

Hamonterweg 142 in Pelt. Open: Mon-Fri 5-9:30pm, Sat 5-10pm, Sun 12-9:30pm. Information: www.saloon-rodeo.be

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Sweet Coffee in Maastricht

“I’m not really a coffee drinker, but here I make an exception for a nice frappé or one with maltesers on top. They have branches in Hasselt, Genk, Sint-Truiden and Leuven, but I prefer to go to Maastricht.”

Kesselskade 65 in Maastricht. Open: Tue to Sat 9am-6pm, Sun and Mon 11am-6pm. Information: www.sweet-coffee.be

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The Filling Station in Lanaken

“For a real American hamburger with fries, you have to be here. The interior makes you feel like you’re on the other side of the ocean, next to Route 66.”

Tournebride 56 in Lanaken. Open: Wed to Sun 12-10 pm. Information: www.fillingstation.be

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