Tao Turns Four

Arguably one of Las Vegas’ most successful restaurant and nightlife concepts, the colossus known as TAO celebrated its amazing four-year run the weekend of Oct. 3 with a star-studded blowout that signaled the best is yet to come. With TAO’s restaurant taking #1 on Restaurant & Institutions top independent grossing outlets three years running (a reported $68 million in gross sales in 2008) and TAO’s nightclub landing at #1 on Nightclub & Bar’s 2009 list of Top 100 grossing nightclubs in the country, it’s no wonder that club-goers and celebrities alike are still clamoring to get into the party spot.

For its anniversary weekend, which also celebrated the one-year anniversary of sister property LAVO Italian Restaurant and Nightclub at the Palazzo, TAO pulled out its celebrity clout and packed the house with thousands of loyal followers and fans ranging from the hoi polloi to Q Score chart-toppers. While Saturday’s showcase event featured surprise performances from Diddy and DJ David Guetta’s vocalist, Chris Willis, the stars were shining bright throughout the whole weekend.

Photo Credit: Al Powers

Those who stopped by to help the partnership group of nightlife scions Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg and restaurateurs Marc Packer, Rich Wolf and Lou Abin celebrate the big bash included: golf superstar Tiger Woods, "Hairspray" star Amanda Bynes, Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, "Speed Racer" actor Emile Hirsch, Diddy, rappers Tyrese and Ray J, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks, Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, former Miss Teen USA and TV personality Vanessa Minnillo with on-again-off again boyfriend Nick Lachey, actor Stephen Dorff, "House" actress Jennifer Morrison, "Prison Break" actor Amaury Nolasco, Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day, VH1 "Sober House’s" Jennifer Gimenez, actress Krysten Ritter and her music video director boyfriend Scott Culver, "E! News" co-host Jason Kennedy, Patrick Sebes from "90210," Zachary Abel from "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," Johanna Brady from ABC Family’s "Greek," Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad," Amanda Righetti of "The Mentalist," Susan Sarandon’s daughter/"Californication" star Eva Amurri and even LA promoter extraordinaire Brent Bolthouse stopped by.

Congratulations to the entire TAO and LAVO teams on these tremendous milestones. Thanks for the good times and here’s to many, many more!

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