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Hakkasan Plans To Bring Yauatcha to Malls in Houston and Honolulu

Plus new rules for nightclubs.


Just as Hakkasan Group gets ready to open Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone next month at Aria comes news that the nightclub and restaurant group plans to open its Yauatcha chain of dim-sum tea houses in Houston and Honolulu. The more casual and less expensive than Hakkasan restaurants “… need high volume to be profitable, which isn't the case with Hakkasan. So we wanted to maximize the footfall of the kind of customers we want, and we know they will be in those malls," Nick McCabe, Hakkasan Group president, tells Bloomberg. Hakkasan also plans to open its flagship Hakkasan; Sake No Hana, a Japanese restaurant; and Omnia, a nightclub, at Alila SCBD Hotel in Jakarta in the second half of 2016. [Bloomberg]

New rules from the Nevada Gaming Commission make one nightclub employee in charge of monitoring their businesses. Club employees also have to register in the same way as casino workers. “All supervisors, managers, security and surveillance personnel, servers, server assistants, bussers, restroom attendants” and anyone employed or contracted to offer hosting or VIP services, must register with the gaming commission. All is an effort to cut down on drugs and prostitution inside nightclubs. [Vegas Inc]