Hours before hosting the grand opening of Amnesia tonight, Noel Ashman confirms that he isn’t an investor in the venue (Manhattan’s first big club in recent memory). He says his new project, a “much smaller” boîte, is poised to open “in the very near future,” and 50–60 percent of its clientele will consist of handpicked, paying members. “It’ll be sort of a mix between Soho House and a Veruka and Bungalow 8,” says Ashman. “Nightlife has gotten so inundated that most of my clientele wants something that’s a little more private, where they feel more protected.” We’ll let you know when the club has a name — for now, all we know is that it will be downtown.
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