Guys And Dolls Lounge
GUYS AND DOLLS LOUNGE 8713 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 Michael Sutton knows his audience. After more than a decade of successful forays into clubs, parties and restaurants around Los Angeles (including well-known spots the Lodge, Goa and Charcoal), the former soap opera star has his finger squarely on the pulse of L.A.'s night-life A-list. "I have all the faith in the world in the location. What Guy Starkman did with the renovation is brilliant," Sutton says of his partner, the son of the owner of Jerry's Famous Deli next door. "I tell people that Guys & Dolls is like Rose Bar in New York's Gramercy Park Hotel meets Miami. It has a very European sophistication. I'm hoping to make this an institution." All of that was on display at the bar-lounge's opening party. There was the requisite scrum of eager party people mobbed around the velvet rope at the door. There were even a few paparazzi hanging out front (celebrities inside included Matthew Perry, Ryan Phillippe and Evan Ross). Once you squeeze inside, the door person has a friendly word of welcome: "Have fun, and good luck making your way to the bar through all of the beautiful women." It's no idle boast, as the dramatic, intimate space was packed with a crowd that looked to be a good 70% female, and mostly of the model/aspiring starlet variety. "I want it to be an eclectic room," he says with a chuckle about his clientele. "I've always felt like the best rooms are a complete blend. Socialites, tastemakers, celebrities, artists and, of course, models. . . . The age range I want is literally from 25 to 65. That's what keeps it interesting."