Voyeur

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Voyeur Hollywoods after-dark landscape will unveil a new dimension this fall with the debut of VOYEUR, an intimate lounge that will draw guests into a provocative enclave where art, festivities, and entertainment converge in a sophisticated setting unlike any other. VOYEUR brings to mind an elite, private gathering place of days past, where an exclusive mix of clientele will enjoy premium cocktails, food and revelry set against a stunning backdrop featuring live art installations, risqu photography and film elements, with impromptu performances. Young entrepreneurs David Koral and Matt Bendik of Chosen Hospitality Group and nightlife veterans, Art and Allan Davis, will debut VOYEUR in the legendary space, formerly Peanuts, which housed one of the citys most legendary nightlife parties of the 90s, Grandville. Now, this team seeks to re-introduce and elicit a similar avant-garde concept by taking this seemingly innocent space and ambiance to the edge of corruption with elegance and eroticism. Launching Voyeur in one of the LAs most famed venues brings a historical element that we wanted to translate aesthetically, said Koral. Weve created a timeless design with an alluring, yet tasteful experience that will stimulate the senses. Koral and Bendik (former VP of The Light Group in Las Vegas) and The Davis Brothers (who launched The Gate, Chi, Dragonfly, The Lounge, and AD, etc.) have partnered with a team of seasoned nightlife professionals to oversee the success of VOYEUR. Nick Montealegre, one of Hollywoods foremost impresarios, whose successful promotional background includes venues such as Teddys, Lobby, Les Deux, Crimson, and Hyde, will head VOYEURs marketing and promotions, while General Manager Michael Kassar, formerly of Spago Beverly Hills, plans to infuse a culture of impeccable service and operations. VOYEURs signature cocktail menu includes sugarfree, all organic creations including watermelon jalapeno, blueberry mint and cucumber olive shots. Guests will enjoy simple, small-bite hors d'oeuvres from Chef Micah Wexler (formerly from Craft), including smoked salmon and cucumber tea sandwiches, prime beef sliders and a signature crispy shrimp cocktail. VOYEUR designed by award-wining, architect and designer Mark Zeff (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, Sense, A Rosewood Spa at the Carlyle Hotel New York), takes inspiration from the legendary lounge, Annabelles of London and the visually mesmerizing world created in Stanley Kubricks acclaimed movie Eyes Wide Shut. Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel as if theyve entered an underground sanctuary, with a noir backdrop and an understated atmosphere. Once through the exposed brick entrance hallway they will encounter massive metal sphere chandeliers with spiked lighting, black leather drapery with brass rings, green leather chesterfield sofas and reupholstered antique chairs with brass and bronze accents. Lining the inner walls are 1920s glass casement windows from the old New York Times building on West 43rd Street, photography filmstrips from an erotic photo shoot are exposed as wallpaper in one room, while an old-fashioned photo booth allows uninhibited guests to create their own stills. Zeff and his team that included Josh Held (Lead Architect) and Sarah Mckay (Senior Designer) achieved the look of VOYEUR through a mix of antiques and custom designed pieces that blend old with new, masculine with feminine, and sexy with sophistication -- a repurposed antique mahogany wood apothecary functions as the back bar, vintage headboards were retrofitted into long benches, and custom created leather corset designs were added to the backs of chairs to tie together the rich dcor.