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Bagatelle Beach Club renamed Havana Room and Beach Club; closes to public in favor of private events

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The One Group

Jonathan Segal, shown outside STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, his company’s first Las Vegas venue.

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Bagatelle Beach Club is becoming a private matter. The pool, restaurant and club connected to Tropicana and operated by The One Group has closed to the public and will exclusively host private functions. The Tropicana is taking over those operations and will host such events in a multi-use space being renamed the Havana Room and Beach Club.

In a statement, The One Group Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Segal said: “Bagatelle operated as a restaurant and dayclub for the past six months and yet continually saw more demand for large, private buyout events than casual pool- and club-goers. There’s a constant demand for that in Las Vegas, especially when it’s prime real estate near the Strip like this. We’ve made a deal with Tropicana to give them the space to use solely for that, and they’ll be calling it the Havana Room and Beach Club, which will be solely for private events."

The final public parties are this weekend. Friday night is the scheduled PopLive event with a performance from Color Me Badd (doors at 9 p.m.). Saturday night is the Neo-Soul "The Last Dance" party.

The One Group had made significant upgrades to the club and pool space, including the addition of a pool, a staging area designed to host concerts of as many as 3,000 people and a sand volleyball court. The expanse had a separate entrance on the hotel’s east side and was bedecked in bright white-and-cobalt-blue designs, a far departure from the orange favored by Nikki Beach, which operated the pool, club and restaurant in a partnership with Tropicana ownership. That business arrangement ended in the fall of 2011, and the Trop briefly ran the nightclub (RPM) while working a new deal with Segal’s company.

More recently, there was concern about Bagatelle’s prospects from heavy competition from the behemoth multivenue entertainment fortress Hakkasan across Tropicana Avenue at MGM Grand.

In a phone call this morning, Segal said, "Hakkasan has changed the paradigm of that business. You’re seeing they have taken a lot of the top DJs and upped the ante. It’s not easy for anyone to compete with the amount of money they are paying these acts."

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