Dishing new ideas
Chris Pike is bidding adieu to Joya, his Beverly Hills fondue restaurant and nightclub. Pike, who also owns Las Palmas, Sangria and the Side Door, is selling Joya and taking his show to Orange County. Pike and partners Brian Schillizzi and Doug McCallister (Josh Slocums) are building Sutra, a sexy Asian restaurant and dance club in the Triangle Square area of Newport Beach/Costa Mesa. . Sutra is set to open in late March.... And speaking of new joints, actor-promoter Michael Sutton (the Roof) is teaming up with Dolce’s Adolfo Suaya and designer Dodd Mitchell to open the Lodge, a new restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard. Mitchell says he’s going for “Frank Lloyd Wright meets a ski lodge.”... And while we’re on the subject of all things new, Luce in Beverly Hills had a splashy opening party on Saturday night. While kicking it at the lounge’s Ciroc Bar, guests including Lara Flynn Boyle, Ethan Hawke and Simon Rex were treated to mini crab cakes and lamb chops. Luce is the third restaurant opened by Ron Tutor and David Bergstein, who also own Le Dome and the new Melrose Avenue sports bar, Game.
The Mint refreshes
The Mint has closed for renovations; the Pico Boulevard nightclub will be back in action in March, according to booking agent Cleo Antonelli.... Bricktops, the twisted ‘30s-style cabaret on Fridays at the Parlour Club in WeHo, is attracting a slew of attractive stars. Last week, Scarlett Johansson, Leonard Nam (“The Perfect Score”) and Troy Garity were in the house.... Speaking of wicked fun, photographer Barry Underhill set up a studio at the Bondage Ball, which took place Friday in Hollywood. In the house was a whole lotta latex, body paint and chains. And the occasional Boy Scout and dominatrix (ouch). See the high jinks at www.underhill
photography.com. ... Driveblind fans can catch the Scottish band tonight at the Viper Room. It’s the group’s last show before leaving for the U.K. to record its debut record.
Putting a lid on it
Time to play dress-up at Star Shoes. Such scene stars as Apollo Starr and Dame Darcy are among the more than
50 artists displaying custom hats, handbags and shoes
at a monthlong exhibition titled Dress Up at the Holly-
wood nightclub through Feb. 25.... The Bouncing
Souls and Hot
Water Music perform at the Troubadour on Feb. 13 and 14.... Hollywood’s King King Club is hosting a multimedia “anti-musical”
Than Grace,” a project by singer-songwriter Charlie Terrell. A Southern Gothic tale about a preacher and his wild daughter, “Tougher Than Grace” can be seen Sundays at 7:30 p.m.... Our favorite death-rock punk band, the Deep Eynde, is playing
Naga’s in Long
Beach on Friday night. And you gotta check out the band’s new song, “She Likes Skulls” at www.deepeynde.com.