For three years, the building at 2727 Crossview that once housed Birraporetti's stood vacant. These days, former patrons of that Italian eatery would never recognize the place. For starters, there's a vast bar and cocktail area, lavish balcony and dining room, hand-gilded gold columns, an oval hardwood dance floor and impressive art-deco statuary. Drastically remodeled, the structure is now home to Sempers restaurant and discotheque, the high-end brainchild of local entrepreneur Oussama Bachachi. In operation since mid-February, the eatery/nightclub celebrated its grand opening April 17.
Obviously, Sam (as he's called by friends) and designer Issac Preminger (who also did Q Cafe and Spy) spared no expense to make Sempers a luxurious joint, from its spare, pricey menu (for closet boozers, the appetizer list includes a lobster artichoke martini in vermouth sauce) to its borderline garish splashes of sophistication.
"We have a beautiful patio with oversized furniture," says Sam. "We call it the Alice in Wonderland [look]."
A weekly live music lineup includes your standard oldies/Top 40 cover fare on Wednesdays; it's delivered with a classy, cruise-ship bent by the Red Hot and Cool Band. And on Thursdays, there's jazz with Pat Hunt and Friends.
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But there's definitely more to Sempers than the music. "We have marble bars," Sam brags. "The place is very different; there are no corners in it. It is a piece of art."
In other words, plan on spending your paycheck. (
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