SOURCE: Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG)

December 15, 2008 19:07 ET

21st Century Renovation for Landmark Greenwich Village Club

A "Rick's Place" for the New Millennium

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - For over 40 years The Village Gate hosted stars like Miles Davis, Billy Holiday and Bob Dylan. This year, two young musician/entrepreneurs, David Handler and Justin Kantor rechristened the iconic club Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), and turned to celebrated architect John Storyk to morph it into a high concept, 12,300 sq ft. 21st century cabaret serving "art and alcohol."

Storyk and his partner/wife, interior designer Beth Walters have been developing impeccable acoustic spaces for years. Their Walters-Storyk Design Group has offices around the world, and a client list that ranges from Jimi Hendrix (1968) to Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Goo Goo Dolls and many others.

The only nite club with a full up surround sound system, LPR's initial guest artists like Lou Reed, Mos Def, They Might Be Giants and Flying Lotus have commented on the quality of the acoustics and the overall vibe of the club. With flexibility a primary concern, LPR is designed to function in three distinct configurations: fixed stage with table seating for jazz, rock and big band ensembles; an open space for dancing or SRO gigs and, thanks to a unique moveable center stage, an intimate performance-in-the-round setting for acoustic, blues, string quartet or classical music. The lines forming nightly along Bleecker Street testify to the club's popularity, and LPR has already drawn favorable attention from the NY Times, Vanity Fair online and The New Yorker.

"LPR posed lots of challenges," John Storyk reports. "To maximize usable real estate we created a raised balcony VIP section. This not only gives 'special guests' a heightened sense of superiority, it created a nifty hiding place for the Yamaha grand piano right below their seats.

"The Village Gate was the club I hit on my first trip to Greenwich Village back in the Sixties," Storyk recalls. "I spent unforgettable evenings there listening to some of the greatest jazz artists who ever gigged. There's a touch of irony in the fact that LPR is just a ten minute walk from Electric Lady, the recording studio I designed for Jimi Hendrix in 1968. That studio is still in business in the same spot. How cool would it be for Le Poisson Rouge to enjoy an equally long and illustrious run?"

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