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Andre Balazs Abandons the Raleigh

Big news out of Miami. Andre Balazs has decided to sell his interest in the Raleigh Hotel, sending an email to friends and collegues to break the news, saying, "After seven years of fun and sun, we have decided to sell The Raleigh and focus our efforts on The Standard Spa, located on Belle Isle just blocks away." Que Triste. According to our Little Birdy, the GHM team that also runs the Setai are poised to take over. Good call. Perhaps Andre really does want to focus on his Standard Properties, or perhaps, as the rumors have it, he is in a serious cash crunch. Either way, the Raleigh will remain all systems go during the sale.

Full email after the jump!

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Rumor of the Day: Le Baron NYC

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.

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The Dirt on Kamil Parchomienko 

If you are still dying to get into the Boom Boom Room (which still isn't open to the public but will be soon), we suggest you make friends with GM Kamil Parchomienko, your key to the kingdom. A recently recharged Abbe Diaz has the most relevant info about Kamil, saying:

Those of us who know and/or remember former subMercer GM/Maitre d’ kamil-parchomienko (also of MercerKitchen, SunsetBeach, StandardMiami, and StandardLA) are of course totally delighted that kamil, the prodigal son, has returned to NYC after a loooong time away. hooray! oh but i kinda feel a little bad for him though, cuz i don’t know whether or not kamil will appreciate his name being alls out there right before he is about to open the hottest spot in town.

A bit of publicity never hurt anybody. That's how you get the glory.

UPDATE: Just so you know - that is not Kamil. Why would he be dressed in a waiter's uniform?


From Waitress to Angel to Bride . . . 

In an epic diary from the Takashi Murakami soiree at the Boom Boom Room last week, Guy Trebay encounters the designer Cynthia Rowley, who describes the waitresses look:

“When you come in and see her, at first she’s like a beautiful nurse in white, bringing you your cocktail,” . . . When once she has dispensed her curative potions, Ms. Rowley added, the nurse-waitress magically “becomes an angel.” And, after a certain amount of time on the job at the Boom Boom Room, the nurse angel waitress, Ms. Rowley said, may well “become a bride” to one of the monied denizens of this very world.

That's exactly what we thought when we saw them. [NYT]


An Evening At: The Boom Boom Room

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Hello, Boom Boom Room. After several hours of pre-gaming, we were ready to make our initial trip up the elevator's to Andre Balazs' newest pleasure palace high above the High Line. Good call on our part. The beginning of the evening was a private get together for Andre and his friends and the second part of the night opened up a bit. By the time we rolled in, the initial shit show had thinned out and the Boom Boom Room was going off. Our initial reaction was pure WOW. The space is gorgeous, with a bar anchoring the center of the room and floor to ceiling windows offering patrons stunning views in every direction. While the bar is in center field, the tables ring the venue, giving the guests who occupy the soft, tan couches the opportunity to stare out into the Manhattan night.

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Standard NYC Update: June!

A day of crucial updates continues with a bit of intel from the Standard NYC. The hotel has been in soft opening since the beginning of 2009, but according to a Little Birdy from deep inside the Andre Balazs empire tells DBTH that the Standard should be fully open by June. Just a wee bit late, but we won't hold it against you. For those who can't wait, our LB says the restaurant space should be ready to go in 3-4 weeks, and the 18th Floor hospitality spaces should be ready by mid May. Standard!