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A new velvet-rope spot is anticipated to open in South Beach before the end of this month. It is a resurrection of the old Rumi locale, next to Set on Lincoln Road. And before you roll your eyes and start a death clock, check out the deets from a recent press release.
The Strip is billed as an "entertainment venue" where "almost anything goes." Performance areas will be placed throughout the venue, and there is a second-story stage and a peep-show booth. VIP hostesses and entertainers will wear next to nothing in what promises to be at least a simulation den of pleasure. Expect the décor to exude old Hollywood with a naughty twist — think chandeliers, suspended swings, and other performance devices. The VIP room boasts luxuries such as fur-covered walls, a private bar, and a dancer's pole.
Burlesque performers, fire-eaters, body-painters, shape-shifters, and aerial acrobats are all on the bill. They'll be in the hands of entertainment talent such as Emmy-nominated choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard, vocalist and songwriter Tokyo Diiva, and performance artist WildChild. Eric Levin will head the team, as he did when the place was named Rumi. Levin's heavy sports connections likely influenced his decision to open in time for the Pro Bowl.
The whole venture sounds muy caliente. Miami Beach is a sexy city that tends to lower the inhibitions of travelers and locals alike. It seems the Strip hopes to harness that collective desire into a lucrative hot spot.