Not the nucleus of the room.Photo courtesy of the Gramercy Park Hotel
Today, Steve Lewis sits down with Rose Bar
creative director Nur Khan, formerly of Wax, Sway
, and Hiro
. If you’ve ever been turned away by Damian the doorman (we hear even the D.J.'s are only allowed two guests while they spin), now you’ll know why: Khan says that at any given time, he knows 90 percent of people in the room, which he loves like a child. So how does he deal with those pesky non-celeb hotel guests?
We’ve put a policy in place where I take X amount of hotel guests per hour, and there’s room for my personal guests as well.…It’s balanced in a way where it doesn’t feel like your typical hotel bar. Like I said, I do the seating chart every night so I know who is going to be sitting where. This area over here [near the Julian Schnabel rug] is the nucleus of the room.
If you’re not seated in the love zone, don’t go off in a huff. Says Nur, “It drives me absolutely crazy to see people walk out of my room.” Not as crazy as it drives us when we can’t walk into it!
Nur Khan - The Sweet Smell Of Success (Part One) [Good Night Mr. Lewis]
Nur Khan - The Sweet Smell Of Success (Part Two) [Good Night Mr. Lewis]