More Community Board fun, but this time, we head from CB 3 to CB 2, which covers the mighty mighty Meatpacking District. The biggies on the calendar are 244 West 14th Street, formerly the Plumm and Nell's, that Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva plan to transform into their Butter North. Oddly enough, the space has never had a Cabaret License, so Scott and Richie must go before the CB to beg for one. If the CB says no, then we guess everyone will be forced to stand around and smell their own farts and not be able to dance. Cross your fingers. Also on the docket is another application for The Standard, which is looking to add another bar to its already packed roster. Could this be the Penthouse Room with the hot tub? We hope so, because we need a place to soak our weary bones while getting drunk.
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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 . . .
Following our post this morning about 1OAK, a Little Birdy hit us on our anonymous tip line, saying,
i just want to inform you that information in the article about 1 oak is not all true and you should def. get your facts straight maybe try interviewing some poeple not just posting here say
Interviewing people? Pfffff. What's fun about that? Besides, even if our article isn't "all true", doesn't that make it a little true? Hmmm?
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?
A successful club needs more than just an A-list ownership group, doorman, DJ's and promotion team to thrive. If those front line people lack a trusted support staff, things begin to fall through the cracks, impacting the bottom line. According to a Little Birdy, 1OAK has lost a key part of their below the line crew, telling DBTH,
a bouncer at 1OAK has moved onto greener pastures after "they made him an offer he couldn't refuse". "They" being recording artist & actor Drake who hired him to be his full time bodyguard. He was the bouncer who stood guard at Richie Akiva's table next to the DJ booth which is supposedly now "in shambles" due to the replacement not being as tough in guarding the area where celebs are usually seated. This was seen last weekend after the Jay-Z concert when Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna showed up to a packed 1OAK, with Richie Akiva at the helm not knowing where to seat them because of his table already being overcrowded. This has created issues for the head of security because he would be the only one suited for the task of guarding the owners table but they need him at the front controlling the crowds and letting in all the regulars when Binn is drinking champagne with Mickey Rourke.
So if you think you are up for the job, head on over there and fill out an application. Tell them DBTH sent you.
Sean Kingston is dropping his new album and is celebrating with a party at Tenjune. But they just hosted all those swank parties at Simyone. So why are they making him go to the old spot when the new spot is ready to go? They must not think that much of him.
While there is some debate over the best time of year to open a nightlife venue, we are going to go with in or around Fall Fashion Week. Better to nail it and open the first weekend of Fashion week, but close can be good enough. While the Standard was open before Labor Day, and the Standard Grill the same, Boom Boom Room came seemingly out of nowhere to take the Fashion Week crown, using a monster lineup of events and dinners to catapult itself to the head of the pack for Fall openings.
However, now that the cat is out of the bag and you don't stand a chance in hell of getting in, what is one to do? Why not try to have some of that hotness rub off on you from 20 floors below? The Standard Biergarten opened to little fanfare last week, but what better way to kick of Oktoberfest this week with a little Monday night visit?
Located under the Highline, the Biergarten was packed on a balmy and breezy Monday night. Buy your beer tickets at the outhouse on the way in and you have a choice of three German brews on tap. We opted with the Bitburger. Add a couple of ping pong tables (take that Spin!) and pretzel girls (yes) and there you have your new MePa alternative to the new hot mess that is Boom Boom, Simyone, Abe & Arthur's, etc.
With Provacteur on the way, it was only a matter of time before Ono dissapeared for good. A Little Birdy was enjoying this beautiful day and came across these workers "jackhammering the Ono sign to smithereens." See you later Ono, we hardly knew ya.
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.
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.
We are just days away from the beginning of Fashion Week, which means we are just days away from the opening of the Standard's roof top bar, the Boom Boom Room. The space, towering high above the High Line park, is certainly one of the most anticipated openings to hit New York in a long time. According to our Little Birdy, the Boom Boom Room is jaw-droppingly awesome, with floor to ceiling windows offering magnificent views in every direction. But the kicker is the portions of the room that have glass floors, offering views 18 stories down to the ground. Hope that doesn't make you too jumpy. The festivities kick off Saturday night with a private party and then Purple Magazine takes over on Sunday for what is sure to be a wild fiesta. Boom Boom!
The gossip will flow when you are about to open. Today it's Abbe Diaz's turn (on the recently redesigned Px This) to wade into the Abe and Arthur's pool, discussing the potential profitability of the restaurant, the likelihood of diners accessing Simyone after their meal, and just who put their own cash into the deal. According to the post, "I heard those guys are in deep with their own personal cash. And they might be cash poor. I know someone who was interviewing for a position… they just lowballed him all day long… it’s like The Inn [at Little West 12th] all over again… We all know how that turned out…."
UPDATE: Eater gets the first shot inside the restaurant which officially opens on 9/18 AND the iCrave juice on the design, which features "Tanned leathers, waxen, oak flooring in the main room and dark carpeting on the mezzanine, and clean, white tablecloths accent the room, while custom light fixtures engulf the space in intimate, canopied light." It's a little different than we thought it would look.