Santa Rosa’s newest nightclub has a long history.
This weekend, the Vintage Space will officially open at the Flamingo Resort, a local icon since it was built in 1957.
Under the ownership of San Francisco-based Palm House Hospitality since 2019, the hotel has been systematically renovated. The new look of the cocktail lounge and live performance space is the latest move.
“What we envision here is a special focal place to bring people together in a positive vibe,” said Anderson Bogash, co-owner of Palm House Hospitality, who has reinvented the space with designer Brian Anderson over the past several months.
“Locals still love this place, and I love hearing their stories,” Bogash said. “We envisioned a space that pays homage to a building that has been here for a long time and has a lot of history. No one who has been here before will feel completely unfamiliar.”
The 2,700-square-foot space marks its grand opening on Friday with live music by Marshall House Project Santa Rosa Band, followed by a club DJ on Saturday playing a mix of African, Latin, and Caribbean music. There were “light opening” events at the venue this past weekend.
Plans call for a live band every Friday and a DJ every Saturday. Upcoming acts include San Francisco reggae and Latin music Bionix on August 26 and Northern California DJ Miguel Migues on September 17.
In the longer term, the owners are planning a variety of music, both old and new, as well as some extras. The space includes a bar, lounge and crescent-shaped dance floor.
“We are going to have Halloween and New Year parties and enjoy some comedy shows,” Bogash said.
Aiming to strike a mid-point between casual and sophisticated, the décor at Vintage Space is both nostalgic and futuristic, based on the era of the US-Soviet “space race”, launched by the first successful satellite launch, Sputnik 1, on October 4th. 1957.
“It was a time of huge possibilities, where anything could happen. Everything here plays a role, from the decor, the staff to the language on the menu and the actual business we will book,” Bogash said.
The pictures on the wall range from historical shots of flamingos to ancient, space-themed art. The list of “cosmic cocktails” includes the Astronaut, Dr. Manhattan and the Black Hole Espresso Martini.
There will be a selection of local craft beer on tap and wine by the glass, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
Palm House Hospitality, which created popular San Francisco hangouts, Palm House and Dorian, was founded by Bogache and Benson Wang. Together, they own and operate five businesses in the Bay Area, including Bergerac, Crossroads Nightlife and Fifty Fifty Cocktail Co.
The Flamingo Resort is a joint venture between Yang Capital and Palm House Hospitality.
Follow Vintage Space on Instagram for upcoming events and updates at @vintagespacesr.
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