Around the Scene: June 9, 2011

Congratulations to Sebastien Lefavre who steps into the general-manager role at Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Lefavre previously was the general manager at Goldbar, where he oversaw the Soho club’s operations for the last three years.

Jason Strauss and Noah TepperbergTAO and Strategic Groups, helmed respectively by Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, and Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg officially announced their partnership with Vikram Chatwal Hotels to develop and operate the food and beverage program at Dream Downtown, opening this month in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Dream Downtown will feature a 150-seat restaurant, lobby lounge, pool café/bar, beach club and expansive rooftop indoor/outdoor lounge.

You don’t have to worry about your attire at a nightclub in The Whispering Pines resort in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. — the resort is a nudist retreat. The owner of the no-clothes spot admits that nudist organizations are falling on harder times as their clientele ages, so he’s trying various options, such as adding a nightclub, to draw in new nude folks.

More than 4,000 people completed online training to become certified crowd managers in nightclubs, according to Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan. Mandated under a state law, nightclubs and bars are required to have one crowd manager for every 250 occupants, and managers must be trained and tested every three years, with free training and testing provide by the state.

Wanting to attract a crowd, Cleveland developers are rehabilitating the Flats district with The Flats East Bank project, which will include new restaurants, as well as an outdoor nightclub along the Cuyahoga River. Michael Schwartz, designer and partner in Hudson, Ohio-based Flip Side burger restaurant, with his business partners Shawn and Tiffany Monday are set to launch a two-story 20,000-square-foot outdoor venue that will bring in local and international DJs, giving the club a Miami and Vegas feel. For more information, click here.


Gino LoPintoGino LoPinto, known in Vegas for his successful marketing of several Las Vegas clubs including Metropolis, Utopia and Playground, is working with White Star Marketing to launch Vivid Vodka, initially in Vegas then nationwide.


InsomniacWith the Electric Daisy Carnival only a few weeks away, Insomniac has entered into a partnership with three local Las Vegas charities, donating $1 from each ticket sold and $10 from each guest-list attendee to the Clark County School—Community Partnership Program, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Injured Police Officers Fund—Las Vegas. The Electric Daisy Carnival, which includes sets by Tiësto, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 24-26. For the media credential request form, click here, and send to [email protected].

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