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Clift Hotel Opens Tuesday Nite w/ Celebrity Showcase

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DukeDee Aug 4, 2001 12:51 PM

As one who has attended hundreds of private premieres-this one was "off the charts" in fine food,drink and companions.In the crowd: Barry Bonds of the SF Giants,Mitch Richmond Of the Lakers,John Walsh of Americas Most Wanted,Mayor Brown of SF,Elizabeth Hurley of Hollywood and designer Phillipe Starke.
Pleasant waitresses in strapless black evening gowns poured unlimited Laurent Perrier Champagne.The beautiful crowd of 600+ enjoyed artfully presented passed appetizers of ginger shrimp, ahi tuna tartare,beef filet w/ gourmet greens and super fresh mini-sweet buns in Valhrona chocolate sauce.There were 15 barkeeps pouring non stop call brands (Makers Mark, Ketel One,Far Niente) until after midnite.
Everything was comped but the regular prices are rumored to be the highest in town ($10+ cocktails)
This Re-do of the fossilized Redwood Bar and French Room bears the strong vision of the New York hotelman Ian Shrager. A lot of locals say he ruined the look.
Anybody out there agree?

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