A version of this story originally appeared in the Rambling Reporter column of the June 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
A-list club Smoke & Mirrors, which has drawn everyone from Harvey Weinstein and Sean Penn to Zoe Saldana since opening last fall, has left the Standard hotel on the Sunset Strip — either booted or of its own accord, depending on who’s talking. The original buzz was that the Standard soured on the toughest door in town after Lindsay Lohan got into a fight at the nightspot in April just weeks after Amanda Bynes made headlines for partying there before her arrest for a DUI.
But Smoke & Mirrors owners Paul Sevigny and Armin Amiri (who already have relocated the club to the Hollywood address Sevigny utilized for his previous after-dark venture, Paul & Andre, last summer) tell THR that had nothing to do with it. Instead, they felt lowballed by an offer to work on the Standard’s summer pool scene and also grew suspicious that hotel employees were leaking information about their celebrity clientele.
“Every time Lindsay Lohan was in the parking garage, the press found out,” says Sevigny, who observes that discretion had not been much of an issue at the more off-the-grid Paul & Andre address. Adds Amiri of the hotel: “The crowd that they were finally getting here was gorgeous. They will be sent back to the age of darkness.”
For its part, a rep for the Standard maintains the club “ran its course” and the space, now to be known as mmhmmm, will be “taking a new direction with Darryl Gibson from Bar Marmont at the helm.”