Miami Nightlife Shakeup

By Special Correspondent SNOWBIRD

The status quo in the Miami "club-hotels" is about to get a major shakeup. Just when everybody assumed there would be a letup to coincide with a correction in the real estate market, things have started to heat up. Let's start on 40th Street and drive down Collins.  Look for a Miami branch of the London/New York Soho House to move into the Sovereign Hotel next to the legendary Fontainebleau. Around 23rd Street we hit the hottest new Miami beach neighborhood with the new Miami City Ballet building and the new library already open (the old library was torn down to make a park that now reaches all the way back to the Bass Museum of Art). The Miami branches of the Gansevoort and W (with a Mr. Chow) are going in on the ocean here at 24th and 23rd Streets respectively. At 21st Street is the recently opened and, judging by the level of parties held there during Art Basel (Visionaire, Guggenheim, etc.) the current club-hotel champ the Setai.  Further south, between the still popular Shore Club and the Delano, you can expect the real showdown: Schrager Vs Nazarian. Word on the street here is that Schrager's move on the Riande Continental is thisclose while work is already under way on the $70 million conversion of LA mogul Sam Nazarian's Ritz Plaza designed by Phillipe Starck. The 30 year-old Nazarian, who was recently profiled in Vanity Fair, took advantage of the end to Starck's "no compete" clause with the formerly Schrager Delano. And finally, look for the Hard Rock Hotel group to take over the Royal Palm on 15th Street. A word of warning: don't expect any of this to happen overnight.  While we hear that the long-completed Miami Standard has finally received their permits from the city, it might still be 2006 before you can stay there.  (The gentleman who answered the phone today told me that they were trying for December 19.)  Photo:  Riande Continental


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