Back in August of 2009, the uptown ultralounge known as Suite closed down its operations -- and rather suddenly, you may recall. But the club's Travis Street location wasn't vacated for too long: Back in February of this year, the space was up and running once more during Super Bowl weekend, hosting performances from the likes of Diplo and Cee-Lo Green, and now operating under the name of the Rio Room.
Turns out, though, that was just a sample of what was to come of the space. Tomorrow night, the club formally opens once more -- officially and for real this time -- under the Rio Room banner. And folks behind the club are celebrating their grand opening in style, with DJ sets from Erykah Badu and Chromeo. (Interesting sidenote: A-Trak, brother of Chromeo's Dave1, was in town to DJ just last week, too.)
Unfortunately, getting into the venue tomorrow night won't be especially easy.
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But, Lawson says, those who make it into the club -- either tomorrow night or in the weeks and months to come -- will notice that it's a different space than Suite was.
Says Lawson: "We did a complete renovation of the space."