Thursday, July 16, 2009

club mogul gets l.a. city appointment

Hollywood club mogul (Foxtail, Hyde, Area) and restaurateur (Katsuya, XIV) Sam Nazarian was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the city's Board of Airport Commissioners, which oversees LAX's parent body Los Angeles World Airports.

"Sam's record of entrepreneurship and management is exactly what LAWA needs to take Los Angeles air travel into the 21st century," Villaraigosa states. "His experience will add great value to our team at the airport as we continue to implement the LAX Master Plan, improving safety and convenience."

His story, if I remember it correctly, is one of being an Iranian-American telecommunications mogul who started his own club empire because he was tired of seeing himself, friends and fellow Persians turned away from Hollywood hotspots during the Night at the Roxbury era. His own venues, however, are notoriously picky and haven't really been a force for change in L.A. nightlife when it comes to increasing diversity, decreasing cheese or injecting quality music into celeb-land.

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