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Steve Lewis

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Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis is what you might call a lifer in the nightclub industry. From his start as a club operator, Lewis quickly found acclaim and success as a interior designer, designing and building some of the nation’s most successful nightlife concepts, including Butter, Marquee, Stash, Snap Sports Bar, Home & Guesthouse, Webster Hall and SPA in New York City; Shampoo in Philadelphia; Brule'/32 Degrees Atlantic City; Stone Lotus in Chicago; TAO’s Opium Room in Las Vegas; and The Room at Harry O’s in Park City, Utah, among scores of others. It wasn’t just nightlife where Lewis found design success, proving adept at transitioning nightlife elements into popular see-and-be-seen restaurants like NYC’s Darby, Amalia, Aspen Social Club and Aspen. As the Big Apple nightlife scene continued to flourish, Lewis found a void in the media coverage of all things New York nightlife and knew he could offer an insider’s take while helping to sort through the gossip and rumors running rampant on the streets. Enter Goodnight Mr. Lewis, a nightlife blog that quickly captured a loyal following within the industry and community. Lewis still continues to blog about one of the nation’s busiest nightlife scene with BlackBook’s online network. He is also a working Rock and Roll DJ signed with 4Am Management Agency. He also helped give back to the community by serving on the board for the Nightclub Preservation Community and the New York Nightclub Hall of Fame.


Butter Article
Scott Sartiano Talks Expansion in Secondary Markets   May 10, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

Las Vegas and Miami can support variations on themes that have spelled success in a nightclub's original city, but can profits also be achieved in secondary markets? Scott Sartiano discusses making a name for his brand in Charlotte, N.C.

Gutin Article
Nightclubs vs. Restaurants: Growing a Brand in Philadelphia   May 10, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

It takes a cool head, organized mind and ton of experience to navigate and manage nightlife growth. Barry Gutin, a partner in Philadelphia’s GuestCounts Hospitality, brings it all. Gutin discusses what he is doing and where it all may go:

Nellcote Article
Harvard Grad Finds Success in Hospitality   April 26, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

Most operators are a little short on manners and patience and a little long on ambition, ego and determination. Element Collective Partner Chris Dexter, on the other hand, is a Harvard graduate and currently a dominant force in Chicago, where his hospitality group has opened one hit after another.

Blind Barber Article
NYC’s Blind Barber Takes Hidden Lounge Concept Out West   April 26, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

NYC's Blind Barber — where patrons can get an old-fashioned haircut and shave in addition to a chilly cocktail from the hidden back-of-house lounge — is now poised for greatness in its new Culver City, Calif., location.

Vibe Article
Designers Create the Nightclub of the Future   April 26, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

Vice Media’s newest original online video series, “Discotecture,” follows five young designers as they create the nightclub of the future. Made possible by Heineken, the series helps emerging artists devise a cutting-edge nightclub through imagination, experimentation and design.

DJs Article
When DJs Compete, Publicists Win   April 11, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

The days of young DJs hustling mixed tapes to club operators are over. In the decade of the DJ, management groups, agents and PR reps are more likely to get the pitch. Demanding higher fees, these electronic-music warriors need every edge to move up in the pecking order.

Electric Zoo Article
EDM Festivals a Gateway to Nightclub DJ Talent   April 11, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

The electronic dance music explosion has turned DJs into rock stars commanding million-dollar residency and festival fees. The club scene has become the proving grounds for DJs and promotional talent. Now, nightclubs are cashing in on the fame and frenzy created at music festivals like Electric Zoo.

Daylife Article
Will Day Destroy the Night?   April 11, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

Is the term “nightlife” becoming obsolete? As the emergence of dayclubs has created beaucoup revenue bucks, daylife is no longer a side business — it's big business. Is the nightlife industry getting closer to developing a 24/7 fun factory?

Borgata Article
Is Atlantic City on the Rise?   March 29, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

Atlantic City's is beginning to gain traction in the nightlife industry with the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and newcomer Revel. Will this new emphasis on nightlife be enough to draw tourists back to the Boardwalk?

The Out Article
NYC’s New GLBT Complex is a ‘One-Stop Shop’   March 29, 2012
By: Steve Lewis

Nightclub operator/promoter John Blair feels the time is right to open a NYC hotel that will include a club and amenities geared to the GLBT community. How long before other tourist-based cities cash in by catering to the GLBT community?

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