Just Another Saturday Night
June 07, 2011 | Talk of the Town
Saturday night was the night to be on the town in the Hamptons. Out in Montauk, Bethenny Frankel flitted about super-busy Ruschmeyer’s, the latest nightlife and boutique hotel offering from Rob McKinley and Ben Pundole. The reality starlet, who was with her girlfriends, lamented how she was really interested in snapping up a fabulous house on Montauk Highway in the sleepy fishing town, but passed on the home and regretted the decision. There’s always next summer.
Across Fort Pond from Ruschmeyer’s, The Surf Lodge was equally slammed with cavorting patrons who were having such a good time they didn’t seem to notice crooner John Mayer tucked into a side table in the dining room. The few eagle-eyed revelers who did glimpse the tall singer did double takes, but everyone left Mayer and his cadre of pals to drink in peace.
Power Publicists Unite
In East Hampton, it was a power publicist affair at Gigi Ganatra’s birthday soiree held at the home of the Starwood public relations exec. Elizabeth Harrison (of Harrison & Shriftman), Susan Shin (of Shin Advisors) and Steve Kasuba (of The Velvet Road) all helped the lovely Ganatra celebrate in style. The group had another reason to jubilantly clink glasses as well: Ganatra’s husband, restaurateur Alex Duff, is rapidly approaching the opening of his new venture Banzai Burger in Amagansett. Described as a low-key, laidback burger joint run by a sushi chef, the après-beach spot—which will likely be a huge hit with the happy hour crowd—is slated for an early July launch.
Nothing Like Nobu
In Southampton, Nobu at the Capri drew a seriously boldface crowd as the likes of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern, New York Knick star Carmello Anthony, restaurant maven Marc Packer, EMM Group honchos Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm and Whitney Port all noshed (separately) at the upscale Japanese eatery. According to a source, “it’s taking some effort and time to get reservations there. They only have 125 seats and they’re always filled,” adding that the haute spot was “beyond slammed” on Saturday night. It’s only week two, so better start calling in favors now if you’re hoping to score a table anytime soon.
After dinner, Mello jetted to join Birnbaum and Remm at their SL East nightclub, where EMM’s marketing guru Pavan Pardasani was in the throes of celebrating his birthday via a superhero-themed bash. We hear capes and masks and pretty lasses abounded (meaning house photog Kirill Bichutsky had plenty of places to aim his lens). Meanwhile, Port bounced over to Southpointe, where she and her girlfriends sipped bubbly out of fluted glasses next to the DJ booth, where Max Vangeli cranked out tunes. The MTV star was later spotted getting down on the dance floor with two of her friends until the wee hours of the morning.
Tattoos and Lace
Finally, Dennis Rodman celebrated his 50th birthday at AXE Lounge in Southampton. The Inked Magazine-sponsored party saw Rodman arrive wearing a lovely pink lace camisole under a silk dress shirt—along with, of course, all of his tattoos. The get-up turned more than a few heads. He rocked out late into the evening, sunglasses never leaving his face and negligee strap falling off his shoulder occasionally. It’s a look only Rodman can pull off successfully. Who’s going to tell a 6-foot-6-inch baller that he shouldn’t wear women’s lingerie in public?
BY SEAN EVANS