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Oct 28, 2009 11:32 AM

A Change in Stoddard's Policy

Something tells me that someone within the Ivy Group reads Chowhound.... :-b

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  1. Good. I'm not usually easily miffed by stuff like that, but for some reason, that really stuck in my craw and I was thinking I'd have to cross them off the list before they'd even opened.

    1. I love how they're now trying to pretend like they never said that women were only allowed as guests of the (quite literal) members. That's adorable.

      Good on them for backpedaling, but they could fess up to their original mistake, at least.

      1. One of the gifts of good PR people is the ability to tell whoppers like that ("An accident, honest!") with a straight face. Impressive. Plus they've doubled their press coverage with this, so maybe the mistake was a "mistake".

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          There used to be a private club called Yvonne's. The entrance was a door at the far end of the ground floor bar at Locke Ober. Behind that plain door is a fabulous 3 story space with bars on each floor, fireplaces, big leather couches,an old pool table. Very grand. Sort of like walking into a Ralph Lauren showroom..:) It was popular with 20 and 30 somethings in the mid 80's to early 90's. It started as "gentlemen only" as members..but became "less private" over time. It ended up doing private functions or theme nights that were open to anyone who knew about it. Closed early mid 90's

          Lydia Shire was offered the space but she declined.

          II think (I'll walk by today) that this space backs onto Stoddard's and that Stoddard's is trying to create a similar club. The Yvonne's model of "men only" and their guests didn't work for long. It was great for guys with dates but not a great place to meet a prospective date if you didn't have one; if no unaccompanied women were allowed.

          I'm not fully knowledgeable about discrimination laws and whether a "men only" club is even legal; although Augusta National Gof Club seems to get away with it. From a business pov, it doesn't seem to make sense to ban appx 1/2 the population from being your potential customer. Some people like the idea of a private club, but if it's by invitation only and there's a $500-$5000 entry fee, I doubt it will work well. It's sounds like sort of a VIP club within a bar /restaurant. Didn't Saint try to do something like that a few years ago?

          If it's what I'm thinking of, it's a beautiful space and Stoddards will likely find that it's more profitable to have it open to as many people as possible.

          1. re: 9lives

            Walked by today and it is the old Yvonne's space..backs directly onto Stoddards. I was wondering where Stoddard was getting all the space to create this new place. The store just wasn't that large.

            Hopefully, they'll only devote the basement level to the "private club" and the ground/second floor to the rest of us.

            1. re: 9lives

              The basement contains the kitchen, restrooms, bar, and a suprising amount of seating. The first floor is very large with a another bar and even more seating area. The whole inside has a lot of exposed brick, original pieces for the building, and is finished with a old dark wood with intricate molding which give it a warm classy pub feeling. I am looking forward to the opening.