Roy-nice. Â friend of yours? Â If so I'd love to talk to him. Â If not, probably can't afford him just yet Â
Brian, do you have or know of any recordings that are coming out of NYC, the type you're talking about? Â I am so woefully out of touch with what is hip, unless you're talking about what is hip to the 16 year old russian croud in my little town. Â Ugh. Â It just goes to show you that Germans really do love David Hasselhof. Â I'm glad to hear all the reinforcements for my top ideas--sectioning the space, good atmosphere trumps all but you can't beat good music, that kind of thing. Â Now, are there enough of us with the same tastes to be profitable, or are we too self-selecting on this forum? Man, my future co-founder is a flake. Â Anyone want to take his place? Tom
Tiger, I would advise that you strongly reconsider entering in a partnership unless you and him complement each other wonderfully and are on the same page. Clubs being such a volatile industry, you might not want to take a leap of faith with someone you haven't been in the trenches with... at least that's how I would approach such a venture. Also, with interior design, especially if you are planning on catering to perhaps more quality clients than quantity, you can't afford not to have a good designer. Simple things... pick a place with 30ft ceilings, get a lighting expert, a top notch sound system is a must. I just go to clubs, I don't run them. To be honest I don't think I'd ever want to get into the business given the volatility, but if you can establish a loyal and quality clientel, you're in the money. It's not uncommon to have people spending an average of $500 a table with god knows how much liquor sales going on at the actual bar. It all depends on what clientel you are looking into. If you're into booking bands, better get someone who is an expert, and plan on having some dead nights, because you won't be able to book hipster magnets like The Killers every night. If you want to go for volume and open a 2000 person capacity club, you will make tons of money, but your logistics will be a nightmare, and since you aren't catering to quality clientel, you'll be having security issues. With quality clientel there are its own problems... all things you have to consider.