A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg Helps Rec Room Celebrate Three Years

It's been a classic three years for the Gale Hotel's LDV Hospitality Group: three years of rockin' beats at Rec Room, three years of clinking glassware at the Regent Cocktail Club, and three years of delicious tartufo and thin-crust pizza at Dolce Italian.

“Longevity in this town is sometimes hard to come by, but it's been a great success,” says LDV's Director of Nightlife Steve Lezama. “I think it's the consistency of the product and the people we employ here. They're hand picked for a particular reason”

So it's only right that LDV celebrate with an all-out, week-long celebration. Of course, a good hospitality trifecta is nothing without loyal customers, and it's you who really wins big in all this fanfare.

Now through the weekend, Dolce Italian, winner of Bravo TV's Best New Restaurant in 2015, presents a chef-curated, five course prix-fixe menu with wine pairings. For $75, you can indulge in burrata,“La Tartufo” with shaved black truffle, seared branzino with leeks and butternut squash, veal “Spezzatino” with risotto alla parmigiana and gremolata, and a dessert of butterscotch and salted caramel.

But the party doesn't have to stop at dessert, because guests who dine at Dolce get a complimentary cocktail at either Regent Cocktail Club or Rec Room.

So, the food will be good, but what about the music? LDV has got that covered with special anniversary performances at both the Regent and Rec Room. Thursday, November 19, beat freaks can get their fix from Fool's Gold Record's Brenmar, who's sure to play a hard-hitting mix of hip-hop old and new. Trust me, your girl will appreciate it.

But Saturday's lineup takes the cake with an explosion of Latin funk and electronic fusion from the Elastic Bond at the Regent, and a triple-tier celebratory performance from birthday boy Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, who will deliver his catalogue of hits while honoring the 25th anniversary of Tribe's debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.

It's the perfect booking for Rec Room, a place that made its name for keeping it real in a sea of shiny ravers.

“There seems to be a big push toward electronic dance music, particularly on the beach,” Lezama says. “There weren't that many venues doing open format, and what we do here is a respite for those who enjoy that.”

Classic is the word throughout all of LDV's endeavors. Rec Room keeps it classic with the beats, Regent keeps it classic with the cocktails, and Dolce delivers nothing but classic Italian fare. If it's not broke, don't fix it, and this concept is so not broken, it's funny.

“We're expanding exponentially,” Lezama says. “These particular brands have been the flagship and the models for our expansion.”

LDV opened a Dolce Italian in both Chicago and Atlanta with a Regent Cocktail Club following in Atlanta very soon. There are plans for a Rec Room Aspen in a couple of months as well, and who knows what else the future holds?

“I think my time here has been great, and I'm excited to move into the future with the company,” Lezama says. “I hope everybody can come out and enjoy.”

LDV Hospitality's Three-Year Anniversary, at the Gale Hotel, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Brenmar 11 p.m. at Rec Room Thursday, November 19. Doors open at 11 p.m., and cover is free.

The Elastic Bond at the Regent Cocktail Club Saturday, November 21. Doors open at 7 p.m., and cover is free. 

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest at Rec Room Saturday, November 21. Doors open at 11 p.m., and cover is free.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.