BlackBook Magazine: Industry Insiders: Marc Rose and Med Abrous, Night Gamers
June 6, 2012
From BlackBook Magazine:
Tired of the bottle service-heavy, interaction-light nightlife of Los Angeles, best friends Marc Rose (left) and Med Abrous (right) opened the Spare Room, a unique lounge in the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, early last year. The lounge features bespoke cocktails, vintage bowling alleys, and a variety of gorgeous handcrafted board games. The combination has proven wildly successful among partiers looking to socially network without staring at pixelated screens. We asked the innovative duo how they managed to get Angelenos to put down their iPhones and pick up their Scrabble tiles.
Where are you from and how did you get here?
Marc Rose: Born and raised in Brooklyn. I was a diehard New Yorker, never thought I would leave. I went to NYU’s Tisch school and majored in drama. I got involved in nightlife from a young age. I was promoting and throwing parties, and I helped to open a very popular club in the ‘90s called Life. Then I left it all. I was 24 or 25 and I took off and came to LA to pursue an acting career. I got off to a great start and worked at it for a number of years before I found my way back into this business. While I was here I also started a creative marketing agency called Treehouse. I realized that I was using my ideas to further other people’s brands, when I really wanted to create a brand of my own, which is how the Spare Room came to be. We really consider the Spare Room more than a bar. We consider it a brand.
Med Abrous: I was born in Manhattan, but I have been out in LA for almost ten years now, which seems crazy. For about seven years I have been the director of bars for Thompson Hotels, which are based here in LA at the Roosevelt. Besides having a background in the hospitality industry, Marc and I are best friends. We always wanted to open a bar together, so we finally did.
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