It's Wednesday morning, so let's play Rumor of the Day. Andre, the international flanuer and co-owner of Le Baron and Beatrice Inn (sigh) has been spending a lot of time in New York City recently. He made the rounds during Fashion Week with his partner in crime Olivier Zahm and the Purple Magazine crew, but when they checked out to return to Paris and then Milan (for another fashion week), Andre stayed behind and helped out with Le Fooding NYC. Andre has been all over town, hanging at the Boom Boom Room (where he has been helping Andre Balazs get the place going) and even playing ping pong with Paul Sevigny and Simonez at Spin New York. We have heard from a peu d'oiseau that Andre is looking at several restaurant and club opportunities in New York City, including opening a Le Baron. Could this be related to Sevigny's plans to open a Soho space away from any residential areas? Makes sense, since Andre helped pull the Bea together. But another LB tells us that the talk is cheap and it's not gonna happen. But hey, that's why we call it the Rumor of the Day. And that's why we're DBTH.
Memo to Hollywood: If you are looking for your next sitcom idea, may we suggest the interplay between Community Board 3 and the owners of Le Souk? You see, CB 3 hates Le Souk and the noise, fights, and congestion it creates on Avenue B. The members went so far as to successfully lobby for its closure. We are assuming that Le Souk also hates CB 3, since they always complain about their business and went so far as to have them shut down. But then Le Souk got the upper hand and had their license reinstated, thus infuriating the Community Board. It's an endless dance that will soon continue, as Le Souk now must return to face their foes on October 13 for a License Renewal Hearing. D'oh! Le Souk is listed under the dreaded "Renewal With Complaint History" heading, right at the top of the list. We are sure that the whole angry posse will show up to complain about this one, and thus the circle remains unbroken. We told you it had sitcom potential. Now excuse us as we go call our agent.
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Frank Bruni sure is getting around now that he is finished at the Times food critic. Here he is having some fun backstage at the Colbert Report. Guffaw! Now we have to ask, is there anything he has turned down during this promotional tour?
We've seen a lot of crazy things in our day, but this may take the cake. Not content with turning the bar scene on its head by bringing keg service to New York, SuperDive has decided to branch out. Tomorrow, they will introduce Champagne Tuesdays, where "twenty bucks and an appetite for champagne and destruction gets you all the bubbly you can drink, and, yes, that champagne will be sabered and served to you by a little person named Nick wearing a pirate outfit." And yes, that is Nick. ZOMFG! [UD]
It's not all Boom Boom Room for DBTH. We do like to check out lots of places in New York and keep your abreast of what we are seeing out there. Enjoy our Reports from the Field!
- We checked out Le Fooding at PS 1 on Friday night. Amazing art, pretty well organized, great tunes by Paul Sevigny, horrible party. Why is it that New Yorkers will stand in line for up to 30 minutes just for a bite of food? We will never understand it. The long lines turned what could have been a fun night into a snooze fest, with everyone waiting for food and not trying to enjoy themselves. Additional negative was the booze situation. It was plentiful, but if you were in the VIP room and had 3 drink tickets and wanted 3 glasses of wine or 3 glasses of champagne, it became a capital offense. Each ticket was supposed to be for a specific drink, with bartenders fearing for their job if they were to break policy. Newsflash - no one is digging through your garbage to make sure every torn ticket in your bucket says wine. Just give us the drink.
- Post Le Fooding, we headed to the ping pong club Spin New York for the Phoenix/Passion Pit afterparty. Hello shit show. A combination of overzealous PR and security made this party a serious dud, and we exited stage right in under an hour. Take some advice from DBTH - if there are 300 people in the back room while the main room is empty, perhaps you should hold the party in the main room. One and done for Spin.
- We've always wanted to drink serious cocktails above a fast food burrito chain, so we decided to check out Su Casa. Big. Mistake. What we thought was going to be a tapas and Mexican theme cocktail bar was like a frat party. We descended the stairs and discovered abundance of people poorly dancing to bad hip hop. 45 seconds later, we were out the door. It may be a new record of time spent in a venue, so congrats to Su Casa for that.
Saw some interesting things last night when I stopped by Simyone (SL) which was filled with a very hot crowd, also lots of celebs, models, industry people. Jay z, russel simmons, gossip girl cast members, Ryan Leslie, etc. Around 1:30-2ish the celebs emptied out and all flocked to 1oak... I followed suit soonafter and eventually made my way to Andre Harrells table (it was his birthday)... Oddly enough later on Mark Birnbaum shows up and had an altercation with Richie Akiva in the hallway right where you walk into 1oak... It was mostly just Mark pushing Richie a few times and Richie not doing much... One of the managers Frank was right there, also Binn was there and looked on in disbelief. Eventually Mark walked into the club and went to richies table but this was definitely not a friendly meeting as glasses and bottles were broken during the scuffle when busboys were walking through. Also saw Eugene Remm at 1oak... Obviously Simyone can't be doing that well if they lose all their celebs to 1oak and have to party there themselves...
A real pushing match! Broken glasses and bottles! Celebrities fleeing one club for another en masse! We haven't been this excited since Satsky took Birnbaum down at Houston's. Obviously it's never a good sign if everyone up and abandons your new club at 1:30 on a Friday night, but must we resort to violence? How unbecoming! But as for Simyone not doing that well, well, everyone needs to calm down. The place has barely been open for 3 weeks. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.
We loved yesterday's story about Tim Bassett, the former ABA and NBA player who fought adversity and blunt racism while playing for Georgia in the early 1970's, and is now the GM of the Back Room in the Lower East Side. We really loved the description of the bar in the piece,
The Back Room used to be a hangout during Prohibition, hence its discreet location. It even comes equipped with secret rooms and exits that were used to evade the police. Today, the covert bar is a nightspot for celebrities seeking a peaceful night out, and it has a general manager who can appreciate that desire for anonymity.
The Back Room is still open? Remember the drinks served in saucers? Memories! [NYT]
The Daddy wrangled their way inside the glam Simyone Lounge and seemed to generally enjoy their experience. But beware, the cost of a Johnny Black and Soda ran them $17, not including the $3 tip. Very pricey. The real question is, what they hell is the Daddy doing mixing anything with Johnny Black? We just lost most of our respect for them. [UrbanDaddy]
Last week, DBTH shared a rumor that Pink Elephant was being run by the M2 crew and that the Pink team was looking to take their game over to Room Service. But our preverbial itch wasn't scratched. We had to keep digging. So we got down and dirty with a Little Pink Birdy to get the full scoop. As you would expect, its full of hurt feelings, bruised egos and big plans. Let's get to it.
The breakup of the original Pink Elephant team is complete. The place is now being run solely by Rocco Ancarola and Joey Morrisey (M2), and will retain the Pink Elephant name for now. The ownership of the Pink Elephant Brand is very messy, and will require time, lawyers (and their fees), and a lot of deal making to work out. There is a tremendous mess involving many of the LLC's involved (remember the bankruptcy filing in Long Island this summer), so don't expect any resolution anytime soon. In the meantime, Pink Elephant will stay the same, attracting Euro's and their hangers on to 27th Street to dance to house music and giddily jump when they see sparklers in champagne bottles. The club is still pulling in some nice revenue after almost 5 years in the game, and no one who is still involved wants to impact that cash flow.
But what about the rest of the Pink team? Right this way . . .
DBTH checks in with our good friend Anthony Martignetti as he preps the opening of Brinkley's, their take on the classic pub serving a New York take on a classic pub menu. As for the beverage service, AM says, "The beers will all be brewed in ny state, and we will harve 8 tap lines, including three by Sixpoint and our own Sixpoint for Brinkleys Brittish ale. The wine list is all American, with bottles starting at $25." Not too shabby. And while the term rugby pub has been thrown around, Martignetti tells us, "Brinkleys is not a sports bar, and will only be showing games when truly interesting. There is not a focus on rugby per se, but an overall interest in soccer, champions league and other, rugby, and American football." Why no Aussie rules? The space was designed by the brothers Martignetti, since interior architecture and design are why they came to NYC in the first place. The plan is to open Brinkley's on October 15 for dinner and brunch, with lunch following sometime in the near future. Be sure to circle it on your calendars.
Here is the first look at Juliet, the new restaurant/lounge space that is a partnership between Jon B. and Todd English. Purple couches, crazy lattice ceiling, small tables, mirrored columns. Now this looks like the kind of restaurant that we would like to eat in! Doesn't it just scream Sunday brunch or first date? [Via GoaG]