Around the Scene: Sept. 29, 2011
Chateau Nightclub& Gardens in Las Vegas is expanding to add an outside garden, which will open Oct. 4. Situated inside the Paris Hotel on the strip, the 12,000-square-foot garden will host parties such as Butterfly, a tribute to house parties. During the day, the garden terrace will function as a drinks area where people can imbibe surrounded by greenery with a European feel.
Billy Corben’s documentary “Limelight” about the rise and subsequent fall of Peter Gatien — the undisputed king of New York City’s nightlife through the '80s and '90s — premiered last week in New York City. The film was produced in conjunction with Gatien’s daughter, Jen, who opened up to Guest of a Guest with her take on the current state of nightlife: “I feel like the nightlife hierarchy paradigm shifted. There was a time when a black Amex could not get you into a club. Now you can't sit down unless you are willing to spend a minimum on bottles. Getting into the VIP room took a lot more than having money, which is what rules the velvet ropes now.”
Tenjune, situated in New York’s Meatpacking District, celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. The club, helmed by EMM Group, underwent a $400,000 facelift six months ago.
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Strategic Group’s doorman extraordinaire Wass Stevens is opening a tattoo parlor called Rivington Tattoo with partner Ethan Morgan. The velvet-rope sentry had a grand opening bash this week at Avenue with friends and family celebrating into the night.
Tropicana in Las Vegas is cutting ties with Club Nikki, Nikki Beach and Café Nikki. The brief tenure of the clubs — Nikki Beach officially opened this past Memorial Day weekend — comes at a time when both Blush and JET nightclubs also have shut their doors in Vegas. The move also comes after A5 Group of Las Vegas ended its promotions and marketing agreement with Tropicana to operate its venues.
In New York City, the police department is releasing a new edition of its safety guide for bars, clubs and restaurants in the city. Written in partnership with New York Nightlife Association, the "Best Practices for Nightlife Establishments" tells owners how to run safer venues, how to cooperate with police if a crime happens, as well as how to prevent sexual assaults from happening on their premises. The NYPD will conduct training sessions with nightlife owners, managers and security staff.
In Roseville, Calif., Robert Auger and Wesley Metcalf, founders of Elite Entertainment Group, are planning on bringing an upscale, Las Vegas-style club to the Old Town area. Metcalf and Auger purchased the Bank of Italy building, transforming it into Vault Nightclub. Opening on Oct. 7, the club is the first of its kind in the area and has two full bars on two levels, a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting, a new hardwood dance floor and five VIP seating areas. What's more, the old bank vault has been converted into the VIP private party area.