Atlanta’s newest hotel held it’s grand opening celebration Friday night. The W Hotel – Midtown is Atlanta’s 2nd of the brand and there are two others planned by 2009.
Frits van Paasschen, chief executive officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide — the hotel chain that owns the W brand has determined that Atlanta has four distinct hotel markets, and W wanted to have a share in each.
1. Perimeter caters to residential and shopping,
2. Buckhead grabs the business crowd and the well-heeled looking to drop cash at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza.
3. Midtown is where celebrities come to party and lawyers entertain their clients,
4. Downtown attracts conventioneers.
I can honestly understand their marketing ploy, but the bar is what attracted the celebs Friday night. Spotted at the opening were Big Boi, Atlanta Falcon’s Ovi Mughelli, V-103’s Ryan Cameron, Jazze Pha, Cee-Lo and several others. Even Tomeka Foster’s ex-hubby Ryan Glover joined in on all the fun and free liquor. I sure The Whiskey Bar (located inside the W Hotel – Midtown) will now be one of the many after work spots that attract Atlanta’s local elite. Can’t wait to try it next week… 😉
Chase Tatum was found dead 6 days ago of an accidental drug overdose. Tatum, pictured above in a promo pic from the film Who’s Your Caddy along with Faizon Love, Big Boi and Finesse Mitchell, formerly worked as a road manager and personal assistant for OutKast. Tatum was also well known as a professional wrestler, which apparently is where he developed the back problems which lead to his addiction to pain-killers. Tatum was 34.
Chase Tatum had been recovering from back surgery to repair a degenerative disc. His father said the former wrestler had been fighting a dependence to painkillers for years but had been planning to enter a rehabilitation center.
“He was in the process of getting his life back together,” Roy Tatum said Monday. “He was confident he was going to turn things around, to live a normal life again without those painkillers.” (Source)
I get a tingling sensation everytime I see Big Boi (peep my header)…but I couldn’t drive straight when I heard this new song on the radio yesterday! Big Boi and Dre reunite (along with Raekwon) for “Royal Flush,” which is the first single from Big Boi’s upcoming solo joint. This song is soooo hott! This ish rite hurr…this ish rite hurr…is what we’ve been missing!
While Dre is out making movies, the other half of Outkast is collaborating with the Atlanta Ballet. The A’s own Big Boi has joined forces with the Atlanta Ballet for the world premiere of “Big”. He will also be joined by other artists from Purple Ribbon Entertainment. There are 6 planned performances which will be held at the Fox Theatre April 10th – 13th.
One question though….can Big Boi dance? I’m going just so I can find out!