Around the Scene: Dec. 9, 2010
Diesel Club Lounge is celebrating five years in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., with a revamped look. Upgrades include an exclusive VIP table service section with two glass-enclosed VIP areas, custom-made leather furniture, stainless steel and etched glass cocktail tables and a private glass-enclosed room for larger groups. The lighting, laser and video control systems are upgraded, allowing complete manipulation of the room. The retractable 12-foot Sphere is most impressive; it’s made up of thousands of LED pin lights for a visual experience like none other.
New Year's Eve is a big night in this business and by now your event plans should be in place. If you're in need of some last-minute inspiration, here’s how some Las Vegas clubs are ringing in 2011: Haze Nightclub at Aria will host hip-hop artist Nelly for $165 per ticket or $3,000 for a VIP table. Jet at The Mirage will feature rapper B.o.B for $125 a ticket plus an open bar from 9 to 11 p.m., while The Bank Nightclub at the Bellagio will host Jay Sean. Table service there costs $2,500 but includes bottles of Belvedere vodka and Dom Pérignon. Jay-Z and Coldplay will perform at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas for a $5,600 package, which includes three nights in a city room or terrace suite, New Year’s Day brunch and two tickets to the concert. Marquee Las Vegas is hosting its grand opening party, featuring DJ Erick Morillo; tickets run $150 per person.
Problems persist for The Palms Casino Resort and N9NE Group as George Maloof, owner of The Palms, and Michael Morton, the head of the N9NE Group, continue to file lawsuits and counter-lawsuits against each other. Maloof attests that Morton diverted company resources to create La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas. Morton denies these charges. However, Donald Campbell, an attorney representing The Palms, said his findings conclude there is probable cause to believe Morton “committed both civil and criminal violations of law, including fraud, embezzlement, income tax evasion, subscribing to the filing of false income tax returns and possible violations of federal election laws.” Undoubtedly Morton will fire back. For a full report and update of the allegations, click here.
Regas Christou, nightclub owner of seven Denver nightclubs, filed a lawsuit against Bradley Roulier, owner of BETA Nightclub and Beatport, an electronic dance music website. Christou charges that Roulier “engaged in unlawful and anti-competitive practices by threatening top DJs if they played at Christou’s clubs,” according to the Denver Business Journal. Christou is seeking damages and an injunction to Roulier’s practices. What makes this lawsuit even more interesting: Roulier is a former employee of Christou’s.
After months of controversy and a revoked liquor license, Club Lure in St. Louis has changed its name to Club Amnesia. Club Lure was shut down in October and reopened in November under its new name. The club is under the same management but with a new mission, more security and an image consultant on board.