Andre Balazs To Seattle Rumors Part III
Weeks ago we told you that HotelChatter readers were chirping about Andre Balazs opening up a Standard Hotel in Seattle now today, an "anonymous" tipster sent us a tip from a not so anonymous email address, and gave us a semi-believable scoop.
The scoop centers around a former AB Hotels consultant, a man named Michael "Mic" Neumann a former Seattle native now living in NYC who, through his company Pop Detail, introduced Andre to the Rudy's Barbershop franchise (which was founded in Seattle) and who also hooked up Andre with various companies that have become tried-and-true Standard Hotel partners.
Neumann's last act of consultant work for Balazs...was to align Balazs with Seattle real estate and clothing manufacturing magnate, Raj Shah, who besides owning one of the largest private label clothing manufacturing companies in the USA known as "Shah Safari", also owns a large number mixed used in buildings in Seattle that are earmarked for Balazs to pick through and take over and transform into the Seattle outpost of the "The Standard" Hotel.
The word is that they are only awaiting some further re-zoning laws in Seattle to officially take effect this year before choosing the best building to convert for the "The Standard" project in Seattle, and then it should take about one year to complete the transformation. So they are anticipating a Spring/Summer 2008 opening date if all goes as planned.
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