Finding your Chi
And it doesn't stop: Art and Allan Davis, owners of the Gate, A.D. and the Lounge, have big things in the works for the Hyatt on the Sunset Strip. Known as the Riot House in the '80s, the hotel is getting a clubland makeover. The Davises recently took over the Hyatt's food and beverage service, and already things are looking up. In June, they plan to unveil Chi, an East-meets-West dim sum restaurant modeled after an Indian temple. Designed by Dodd Mitchell (Falcon/Katana), Chi should help re-energize the hotel. In addition, there are plans to revamp the rooftop pool area into a nightclub a la SkyBar or the Downtown Standard. Sexy. It seems Mitchell's a hot commodity. The designer is completing work on Dolce, a new upscale Italian eatery at the site of the old Chardonnay on Melrose Avenue.
I heart the Valley: Suburban paradise is going Hollywood, as the new Studio City bar Sapphire gets ready to shimmer. Owned by Will Shamlian (Daddy's and the 4100 bar) and partner Mark Leddy (Goldfingers), Sapphire is set to become the neighborhood bar for Valley hipsters. This just in: The place to be on St. Patrick's Day is the Key Club on the Strip. Hosted by the Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlor, Irish eyes will be moshing to the sounds of T.S.O.L., Royal Crown Revue and Calavera. BMX bad-boy Rick Thorne is emceeing the spectacle. And speaking of Rick Thorne, I got to dine and dash with the famed biker-in-black at Les Deux Cafe in Hollywood. Clearly, the French bistro is the prettiest lunch spot, and we hear its Monday-night club scene is raging. Ooo la la.
-- Heidi Siegmund Cuda