Singaporeans appear to get together solely thrice per week – and that isn’t practically sufficient for the individuals who run Lavo Singapore, a flashy Italian-American restaurant and nightclub opening on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) subsequent yr.
The restaurant is a collaboration between Las Vegas Sands-owned MBS and Tao Group, which is among the United States’ most worthwhile nightlife, leisure and eating companies, with greater than 30 venues to its title.
Last yr, three of its eating places – Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas, Tao Downtown and Lavo in New York – have been on the highest 10 checklist of highest-grossing unbiased, non-chain eating places in line with an annual survey by Restaurant Business Magazine.
Tao Group co-founder and co-owner Noah Tepperberg, 42, observed how in Singapore, clubbing nights usually occur solely on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
“I didn’t see that much energy if you go out on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, but if you go to metropolitan cities such as Hong Kong, Jakarta, Bangkok or Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, they have nightlife more than three nights a week,” he instructed The Straits Times in New York final month.
“Since we plan to be open seven nights a week, hopefully we can bring some energy to those other nights – I think Singapore is definitely ready.”
Energetic is one technique to describe Lavo Singapore, which mixes a lounge, restaurant and nightclub into one.
A DJ is all the time spinning within the background. Further into the evening, the music will get turned up and the lights begin to strobe.
Located on the 57th flooring of Tower 1 of MBS, it takes over the area previously occupied by chef Justin Quek-owned restaurant Sky on 57 and Flight bar and lounge.
It opens with a personal get together on New Year’s Eve this Sunday, hosted by actor-singer Jamie Foxx, with hip-hop DJ Ruckus spinning. The restaurant opens to the general public on Jan eight, beginning with dinner service. Lunch and brunch shall be rolled out within the coming months.
Guests enter by means of a lounge with plush seats and exposed-brick surfaces. A bar with patterned tiled flooring varieties the centrepiece of the area. Here, they’ll have a cocktail whereas they wait for his or her dinner desk.
The DJ sales space sits between the lounge and the eating space, so company can benefit from the music irrespective of the place they’re. Expect the music to get louder because the evening progresses.
If company wish to skip the bar expertise, they’ll go straight to the principle eating space, which seats 158 individuals.
The off-white New York subway tiles on the partitions and plush leather-based cubicles for diners are much like the interiors of the Las Vegas and New York Lavos, however there’s something totally different right here: the floor-to-ceiling home windows, which supply a panoramic view of the skyline.
Finally, for some contemporary air, extra drinks and aerial views of the town, head outdoors to the sprawling open-air terrace and bar space.
Mr Jason Strauss, 43, who is the opposite co-founder of Tao Group, says: “The experience is panoramic – wherever you are sitting, you can be part of the dining room and from any corner, you can feel the vibe and energy of the room.”
He partnered Mr Tepperberg to enter the nightlife business after they completed in rival New York excessive colleges, the place they began off organising events.
Both went in to the nightlife business after school, founding the Strategic Hospitality Group in 1997.
After the opening of the Marquee nightclub in New York in 2003, they partnered Mr Marc Packer and Mr Richard Wolf – skilled nightlife and hospitality impresarios – to open numerous venues in Las Vegas, New York and Los Angeles.
Under the group’s umbrella are brand-name institutions comparable to the favored Asian-themed Tao eating places and variations of mega-club Marquee, with the latest being Marquee – The Star Sydney in Australia.
Big title DJs and celebrities aren’t any strangers to Tao-run institutions.
For occasion, Marquee New York will see acts comparable to Steve Aoki, Rehab and Andrew Rayel enjoying this New Year weekend.
Earlier this yr, the Madison Square Garden Company – which owns the likes of Madison Square Garden and basketball workforce the New York Knicks – paid US$181 million (S$242 million) for a 62.5 per cent controlling stake in Tao Group.
Lavo Singapore is the Tao Group’s first enterprise into Asia.
Mr Strauss, who has been in Singapore for the previous week to supervise the challenge, says the tie-up with MBS was first mentioned round three years in the past.
“We have an existing relationship with Las Vegas Sands with multiple properties such as Tao and Lavo in Las Vegas, so when this space became available, it brought up the opportunity to bring Lavo to Singapore because it felt that vibe dining would really fit a niche in Singapore,” he provides.
Popular within the United States, “vibe dining” entails beginning with a drink on the bar or lounge, then having dinner with a DJ spinning within the background, earlier than persevering with the after-party in the identical place.
The location on the MBS Skypark has its benefits.
“There’s not an off night for this rooftop in Singapore,” says Mr Patrick Lang, vice-president of worldwide restaurant and nightlife improvement for the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
“Whether it’s a Monday or a Sunday, everyone always wants to go to the Skypark, which allows us to programme things on typically off nights in other areas of Singapore.”
This isn’t the primary time brand-name American nightlife ventures have arrange store in Singapore. High-end nightclubs comparable to Pangaea and Avalon have had shortlived tenure, closing simply after a number of years.
Mr Tepperberg feels that the Tao Group has one thing totally different to supply. Lavo is “a completely different category of venue comprising a bar and cocktail lounge component, dining component and a little bit of nightclub element,” he says.
He can be assured of his tried-and-tested ideas.
“These brands that we’re developing had a lot of time to be perfected. Lavo in Las Vegas is going on 10 years – it’s a long time and it’s still successful, whereas Lavo New York is more than seven years.”
Ultimately he hopes that Lavo turns into “part of the fabric of Singapore’s daylife and nightlife culture”.
There is the opportunity of different Tao-run institutions coming to Singapore, says Mr Strauss.
“If it works, we’re excited to bring more of our vibe dining concepts here and really expand.”
What’s in retailer in Singapore
FOOD AND DRINK
Signature Lavo dishes such because the softball-sized Lavo meatball – made with 16 ounces (454g) of contemporary floor wagyu beef, Italian sausage and veal – in addition to its 20-layer peanut butter chocolate cake will characteristic on the menu.
The delicacies shall be Italian-American, says Tao Group company govt chef Marc Marrone, 32, who is overseeing kitchen operations at Lavo Singapore for the subsequent month.
Since touchdown in Singapore about two weeks in the past, Marrone has additionally been consuming at numerous Italian eating places right here “to find out what hasn’t been brought out here yet”.
So far he has selected a Milanese-style risotto, one which will get its yellow hue from saffron.
Appetisers will begin from about $15++ and mains from about $30++.
Customers of Lavo Singapore will be capable to dance on the eating tables and banquettes – similar to they do in Lavo in The Big Apple.
“We made sure the dimensions, function and durability of our furniture matched Lavo New York’s,” says Ms Susan Nugraha, 28, director of design on the Tao Group.
To preserve the decor of the Singapore department as according to different retailers as attainable, inside designers flew in 1000’s of unique white reclaimed subway tiles and lighting fixtures from New York, Italian leather-based for banquettes, a zinc bar high from Paris in addition to a gelato cart, custom-made in Italy. Menus are displayed on vintage mirrors, similar to in different retailers.
American artist Peter Tunney has been commissioned to create unique paintings for the area.
Greenery and open views differentiate Lavo Singapore from its sister branches.
It has an entry backyard and outside backyard terrace. The adjoining outside rooftop bar gives a million-dollar view of Singapore’s cityscape.