Around the Scene: Jan. 20, 2011
“Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria can’t seem to escape the drama. Her former business partner n her Las Vegas Beso restaurant and the adjacent Eve nightclub, Mali Nachum, is suing the actress and the restaurant for $4 million, stating that Beso didn’t have the proper authority to seek Chapter 11 protection. This isn’t the first time Nachum sued Longoria. This June, she and her husband, both investors in Beso, charged they were wrongly removed from the Beso partnership, and in 2009, she sued Longoria for violating California usury law. Find out more here.
Infusion Lounge is expanding from its San Francisco roots by opening another Lounge this spring at Universal CityWalk. The 9,000 square-foot club will feature two levels and two bars.
Following complaints from Nevada gambling regulators and after undercover agents allegedly were able to purchase ecstasy and cocaine from employees, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas agreed to a $650,000 settlement. The nightclubs Vanity and Body English were focal points of the investigation; Body English is now closed. The settlement states that property management doesn’t have to admit to or deny the charges, but they had to acknowledge that the Nevada Gaming Control Board could prove their case if a hearing was scheduled. Employees involved in the incidents have been terminated. Read more here. The property operators hold a license from Hard Rock Cafe International; no employees or agents of HRCI were named or involved in the allegations in the complaint by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
In other Vegas news, Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort, is dedicating its Friday nights to electro music, calling it Clash Fridays. Resident DJs will headline the night, which is expected to be popular with the 20-something crowd. Paul Oakenfold will continue to run his Perfecto Saturdays at the club throughout 2011.
Clubbing TV, the world’s first TV channel dedicated to electronic music, DJs and club culture is offering its service to any club interested broadcasting its venue on channel. The package includes a cameraman, a Clubbing TV DVD to broadcast during the event, an edited DVD for promotional use and more. The event will then be featured on the Clubbing TV website, newsletters and announced on its official Facebook page. The video will appear on Clubbing TV a minimum of 50 times.
Bevvy.com, said to be the “Groupon for nightlife,” debuted in LA this past December and is planning to expand throughout the U.S. The company, founded by Rolling Stone LA owner Niall Donnelly, partners with venues for a year, offering them a constant presence on the site and allowing them to set up a different deal each week, based on need.