Around The Scene: April 14, 2011

Jason Strauss and Noah TepperbergNightlife in the Hamptons is getting a bit of a shake up for the upcoming season with the departure of long-standing staple Dune, run by StrategicGroup’s Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss. The duo are focusing their efforts on their new Vegas property, Marquee, and a forthcoming hotel in New York City. However, East-enders won’t be left high or dry this summer. EMM Group’s Eugene Remm, MarkBirnbaum and MichaelHirtenstein are set to open SL East — their first nightclub in the Hamptons — on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton. Top party promoters JonathanSchwartz and Ben Grieff have teamed up to launch SouthPointe in South Hampton, which will carter to an upscale, elite crowd every Saturday. And rumor has it that nightlife legend MarkBaker is tossing his hat into the Hamptons mix with a new venue, as well.

Whispers are getting louder about The Light Group Las Vegas’ hush-hush talks to sell to MorgansHotelGroup. Light’s properties — Haze at Aria, The Bank at Bellagio, RevolutionLounge at TheMirage, and more than a dozen other nightlife and dining properties — would all be included in the transaction to the hotel-management group.


San FranciscoThe San Francisco Entertainment Commission postponed its meeting to discuss new safety proposals from the San Francisco Police Department, including mandating ID scanning, metal detectors and surveillance cameras. Mayor Ed Lee delayed the meeting while he looks for more analysis and studies before going forward. To read more about the proposed rules, click here.


Designer Rob McKinley — of GoldBar, SurfLodge and GoodUnits fame — has been tapped to handle the aesthetics of a new hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y., near McCarren Park. We hear there will be a solid nightlife component to the property.

Is Sam Nazarian the most powerful person in the nightclub business? It seems that way on the West Coast, at least. SBE, his Los Angeles-based hospitality group, which owns Bazaarby Jose Andres, HydeLounge, Gladstones and the The Redbury and SLS hotels, just purchased SyndicateHospitality, SBE’s largest competitor. By acquiring Syndicate Hospitality, Nazarian now owns or operates 25 total venues including hotels, restaurants, lounges and nightclubs, with the hopes of growing that number to 35 by 2012.

Sam Nazarian

Seventeen owners and employees of South Beach nightclubs, all Eastern European, were charged with wire fraud for overcharging businessmen and tourists, according to the "South Florida Business Journal." The U.S. Attorney’s Office describes the scheme as being linked to an international crime organization, where Eastern European women lured tourists and businessmen to the clubs then charged the victims exorbitant prices for alcohol on their credit cards, at times without the victims’ knowledge; 88 victims have been identified thus far.