Around the Scene: January 6, 2011
Berbati’s Pan, a fixture on the Portland, Ore. music scene since 1994, hosted Five Fingers of Funk for a raucous yet poignant performance New Year’s Eve. Owner John Papaioannou opted to close the venue due to slowing sales. Word is he’ll re-open later this year as a rental space, possibly playing host to burlesque and other hot entertainment options.
Venue operators in New York are now dealing with a higher wage scenario for hourly employees as a 35-cent increase went into effect on Jan. 1. Employers have until Feb. 28 to comply, but the increase must be computed and paid retroactively to Jan. 1 within the first pay period of March. NY nightlife impresario Steve Lewis took issue with the New York Restaurant Association’s approach to the legislation, and turned to New York Nightlife Association President Paul Seres for some imput. Read the interview here.
Fairfax County, Va. got its first gay club on New Year’s Eve when the So Addictive coffee shop recast itself as an all-gay, all the time nightclub. OK, Heavy Metal Mondays remain, but the staff, menu and nightly entertainment was recast completely to appeal to the area’s gay community. The re-concepting was sparked by the overwhelming success of a weekly gay night launched last summer, Manager Austin Jennings told The Washington Post.
Troubles in the San Fran scene continue as Tenderloin district club Suite One8One’s entertainment permit was suspended for 48 hours – on Dec. 31. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera Friday secured the suspension, saying the club has shown “an escalating pattern of violence and public safety problems.” A bid for a temporary restraining order against the suspension was refused by a supreme court judge. Suite One8One was, however, able to operate as a bar (but not a club) throughout the weekend and it's Mega New Years Eve event went on sans live entertainment and without any incidents, according to owner Jay Chen. He contends that the majority of the incidents DA Herrera cited when suspending the club's entertainment license were not club-related.