Thursday, April 25, 2024

New York Nightclub Scene Exclusive: Famed Rock Club May Change


The notorious New York late night hang the Beatrice Inn isn’t coming back. But former owners Paul Sevigny and Nur Khan may have an interesting alternative.

I am told that the pair of newly minted restaurateurs are looking at taking over Don Hill‘s famous rock club on Spring Street in West SoHo. If the plan works, Don Hill‘s will get a much needed make over. And in the process, a new world of celebrities will start flowing through its doors.

This idea, still in the planning stages, would leave Don Hill himself still running the rock side of things. But a touch up wouldn’t hurt. And there’s plenty of room for limos, lines, and velvet ropes.

Meanwhile, Sevigny and Khan have just about pulled off the impossible over at the corner of East SoHo and Little Italy. Their new restaurant, Kenmare, is a hit. It’s a really fine dining establishment, too, with top notch food and a high end adult atmosphere. Plus, the staff seems inordinately friendly.

Khan, of course, is famous for his Rose Bar at the Gramercy Hotel. Segvigny, brother of actress Chloe, went from Wall Street to dj’ing, to notoriety at the Beatrice, a small intentionally seedy club in the West Village. But the Beatrice’s infamy finally did it in, and Sevigny wisely decided to take his Paul Stuart suits and follow his dream. The Kenmare looks like a keeper. Adding Don Hill’s to the mix would make Sevigny and Khan unstoppable in the nightlife world.

Also in New York nightlife: The Lion on West 9th St. has a second helping of private dinners this week before really opening soon. Former Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie is in charge, with partners Dave Zinczenko of Men’s Health and Today show legal analyst Dan Abrams.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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