Turn the lights out, the party's over...
It's official. Avalon Saturdays are on their way out. gaysocialites.blog can exclusively report that John Blair is moving his Saturday night party once again. The new venue is one that is probably very familiar to most of you.
Beginning June 30th, John Blair and Beto Sutter will take over Splash on Saturday nights. That's not the end of it. John Blair will not only promote Saturday nights at Splash, but he will also be a partner in the club.
John Blair tells me that this is an easy fix to a growing problem. New York mega clubs are having a hard time surviving. Blair blames City Hall.
"Nightlife in New York is going through a BIG change. The city is making it very hard for large clubs to stay in business," Blair says. "Avalon will not last, Stereo will be torn down this summer and then there will be only Studio and Pascha. These too are having problems with the city. Things will not change until the Mayor does... which is 2 years away," he added.
So while Peter Rauhofer may take the Saturday night spotlight for now with Work at Stereo, John Blair is making a long term move with a formula that he hopes will last.
"We feel Splash is right in the middle... not a big club but not a small one either," Blair explains.
John also tells me that his move to Splash is somewhat of a reunion. The current manager at Splash, Greg Jones, will be Blair's managing partner.
John and Greg have known each other for a while, nearly 20 years ago they worked together running a gym on the east side.
So if you're a die hard Avalon fan then get all of it that you can, because on June 30th, the party is moving to Splash.