Brains Behind Bounce Sporting Club, Maison Close Debuting A Disco This Year

The restaurateur trio is teaming up again to launch a luxurious nightclub in Chelsea.
Brains Behind Bounce Sporting Club, Maison Close Debuting Disco This Year
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A new nightclub, Petit Disco, will debut at 161 W 23rd Street in Chelsea toward the end of the year, co-owner Yosi Benvenisiti confirms. 

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Billed as a “blend of French sophistication with retro disco flair,” the luxurious lounge will boast a full bar with extravagant cocktails, champagnes, and wines, as well as seafood, meat and cheese charcuteries. The 2,500-square-foot space is being spearheaded by New York hospitality stars Benvenisiti, Cole Bernard and Theliau Probst. Benvenisiti and Bernard are best known for their novel high-end sports bar and nightclub, Bounce Sporting Club, which debuted its Flatiron District flagship in 2011. The trio is also behind Soho’s upscale French restaurant, Maison Close, which debuted last summer, as previously reported by What Now New York. 

Benvenisiti says Petit Disco is still in the design stage. Its liquor license application divulges that it will be decorated with bold warm-toned velvet furniture with feminine detailing.

“Petit Disco is a playfully seductive lounge to enjoy cocktails and small bites with close friends,” the team touts in their liquor license application. 

The liquor license application also reveals that their cocktails will range from their Madame Claude with Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, lemon and cucumber juice and rose seltzer ($22) to their La Courtisane with Martell Cognac, Bouvery Chocolate Vodka, citrus and spices concoction, walnuts, lemon juice and milk washed ($22).

The building has a 190 person capacity. The team plans to have 14 tables with 60 seats as well as two bars with 15 seats.

Prior to the trio working together, Probst, a French-American, worked at renowned restaurant and bar lounges in Paris including Ozu and La Girafe. When he first moved to the United States, he worked at the five-star luxury Baccarat Hotel. Benvenisiti has been working in the New York nightlife scene since the mid-90s, bringing us some of the city’s most iconic venues including Cheetah, Spa, The World, Tunnel and Twilo. Bernard was behind Porky’s NYC, which claims to be one of the city’s first party bars. 

As for Bounce Sporting Club, Benvenisiti says the team is currently working to launch its newest location in Montauk this summer, which will be its third location. It opened its second outpost in Chicago in 2017. It is also looking to expand to Delray, Florida, according to their website.

Falyn Stempler

Falyn Stempler is a freelance journalist based in Jersey City. In her free time she enjoys listening to live music, thrifting, collaging and traveling.
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