Englebert PR Stunt Goes Awry: Waitstaff Claims Gratuity Free Living at Suzie Wong’s

Posted in club owners, trouble, unsubstantiated, waitstaff with tags , , , on August 28, 2008 by davidhollis

OHkay, here’s the deal: so like, remember how those waitresses got fired from 1Oak? And like, they were Asian? And like, they claimed they were discriminated against, and got hit on? And remember how JE (aka John “JE” Englebert) put out a whole press release saying how upset this made him, because, like, he loved and fed and petted and took care of his waitstaff (I promise!)? And then he like, offered to hire the Asian girls so they wouldn’t have to worry about, like, making a living?
Well, turns out he might be kinduv, sort of a hypocrite. Ironically, it turns out that one of the pink-slipped girls worked at Suzy Wong’s before going over to 1Oak, and that she left because the club wasn’t giving them their tip outs, using the old we’ll-take-your-tips-for-the-night-and-give-you-a-check-later routine (commonly known as ‘screwing the help’).
In light of this, we are just dying to know if any of the girls has taken up JE (aka John “JE” Englebert) on his offer. So, like, text us, ok?

Wanna Gamble in The Hamptons?

Posted in things we might go to on August 28, 2008 by davidhollis

Fine, we’re posting an invite. But its only because at first we thought it was from Pink Elephant, and we thought that would be like, crazy ironic. But anyway, if we were ever to go out to the Hamptons, this is what we might be doing this weekend:

Poker is kinduv a thing for the promoter crowd, and chances are you’ll be able to see Vegas, Alex Martini and everyone else playing for charity and each others drink tickets.

Afterhours: Gossip Roundupathon

Posted in afterhours, club owners, Uncategorized with tags , , on August 28, 2008 by davidhollis

So there you have it: Amy Sacco is dead, gone, and forgotten (and yet she’s still cooler than you), Mansion and Pink Elephant would like to hit you up for some cash, Limelight will reopen but that there will be absolutely no parties (but there will be something called a ‘branded experience‘), and old skeevy guys will give you cocaine if you’ll have sex with them (we have one in our lobby just for this purpose).
Ok, sorry, the bar is closed. Please make your way back to Brooklyn.

via [P6] [DBTH] [GNML] [GWKR]

Who The HELL Is Threatening Steve Lewis?

Posted in club owners, trouble on August 25, 2008 by davidhollis

A quick peak at a recent status update on Steve’s facebook page reveals that the recent subjects of one of his interviews are none too happy with what he wrote about them, and are threatening violence (though a quick scan of the site doesn’t reveal anything too threat-worthy).
Well, we’re pretty sure that Steve can take care of himself-after all, he survived the Haitian gang wars. But in any case, Steve is like, our boy, and we like, totally have his back.

Suzy Wong’s: Employee Orientation

Posted in club owners, waitstaff on August 25, 2008 by davidhollis

Turns out that “JE” (aka John “JE” Englebert), owner of B&T safe-haven Suzie Wong’s, has jumped into the fray between 10ak and four of its ex-waitresses. After their release last week, the former bottle mules claimed that they were fired because Scott Sartiano and his management team wanted to make the staff more ‘white’. Also, Scott wanted to sleep with them!
Well, “JE” (aka John “JE” Englebert) thinks that’s just terrible! And he’s even issued a press release to prove it, inviting the four scorned girls to come in for an interview.
Well, we wanted to give the girls an idea of what they were in store for:

Turns out that an open-door admission policy may have its downsides

Turns out that an open-door admission policy may have its downsides

Ah, the gangster lean. So gangster!

Really though, we can’t take sides. And dammit, we won’t. But we think that Englebert is being a little hypocritical. After all, in its own right, isn’t subjecting your staff to cross-wearing wannabees kinduv abusive? At least at 1Oak, there isn’t any man-jewelry flying around, and the guys pawing at the waitstaff have enough money to pay off their lawsuits.

via [DBTH]

“Moderately In Shape”, Angry, Drunken Hudson Hotel Rejectee claims: I’m a Brunette!

Posted in door staff, jump rope, trouble on August 24, 2008 by davidhollis

Ahh, Gawker. Today we find an interesting item on the Hudson Hotel, where last night, a young lady claims that two (count em: TWO!) “underage blondes in front of me were able to get in without a problem”, and that SHE wasn’t let in! And all because of her hair color! Well, lets get that on the website, like, right now!
From what we hear, the guest in question was, eh, slightly large. And throwing things. Which leaves us wondering: if a blind man applies for a pilots license, will he be rejected because he’s gay?
Dont’ get us wrong: we love the big girls. Shoot-we love them looong time. But if you’re going to cry foul, why try to hide your ‘moderately in shape’ status? We can get behind that. er…
But the more troubling question remains: how slow a news day does it have to be before you start publishing drunken complaints from your readers about not getting into a club?

Micheal James Now Hosting Everything, Everywhere

Posted in promoters on August 23, 2008 by davidhollis

We just thought you should know. We were thinking of putting together one of those six-degrees of separation clouds to illustrate our point, but its too much work on a Saturday morning. But we’re pretty sure that if you’ve had an event in the last say, five years, MJ has either promoted or attended it. And that’s no small feat. By some sort of Blaine-esque trans-dimensional slight of hand, he’s at a Mcinerney book signing uptown, and then-ta da! He’s meandering between tables at Mansion, girls in tow. But by the look of it, he’s never in a hurry, and he’s always got time to chat.
We’re convinced there’s a team of stylists and a system of disco-ball-decorated tunnels involved, and when we can pin him down for an interview, we’ll bring you his secret here…