Notte coming to Old World 3rd Street
Later this month, the building that houses Tutto at 1033 N. Old World 3rd St. will be complete.
The building that houses three floors of apartments and Tutto Restaurant on the first floor will welcome another addition to the street's night life scene, Notte Nite Lounge.
Notte, (pronounced no-tay) means night in Italian and, like Tutto, was designed by Sharon Celek of Celek Interiors.
"When we first started, the concept of the club, Notte, was darkness. We wanted a dark club, where your eyes needed to adjust to the low light levels,"said Celek.
"The walls are shades of black with hues of blue and green to help differentiate them from one another. The lighting is all concealed to give of warm pockets of glowing light against golden glass accents. There will be two bars and plenty of seating throughout the club to accommodate private parties of all sizes."
There won't be a specific dress code at Notte, but owners say to "plan on dressing to impress," because the door will host two security guards and a fashion cop, of sorts.
"We went to the hottest clubs and lounges all over the United States, and one things was for sure, it didn't matter who you were or who you were with, if you didn't look good, you weren't getting in," said partner Giuseppe Safna. "You might be wearing tennis shoes, but if they're vintage pumas from Italy -- you're in!"
Notte, like most clubs, will feature DJs and VIP areas.
"We really listened to our friends, our guests at Tutto and people out on the town on what they were missing: good music, a place you can dance, drinks that aren't too expensive, just to name a few. So we created Notte to be just that," said partner Donato Salvo.
No specific opening date has been set, but Notte will only be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.-close. The club will be available for private parties any day of the week.
Completely unimpressed! A group of my friends received drink cards for Ladies Night at Notte yesterday from a place in the Third Ward. When we arrived at the Notte door at 9 pm, the bouncers told us that Notte didn't open until 10 pm, even though the cards said "complimentary drinks from 9 pm to 2 am." We went into Tutto instead, where the female bartender was quite condescending to us. After a while, we went upstairs to Notte. One of my friends tried to redeem her drink card but the bartender told her they had expired, despite the absence of an expiration date listed. The manager said he would let it go for the night. Another friend tried to redeem her drink card, and the bartender gave her a hassle, too. The manager had to approve it again. So while my friends got their free drinks, the bartender seemingly "forgot" to include the alcohol in them. The kicker to all this is that my group of friends was the ONLY group of patrons in the bar. There was just one older gentleman customer besides us in the dreary, empty bar. I won't be going back.
Unfortunately living in Milwaukee you do need fashion police. You'd never mistake Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee with Michigan Ave in Chicago! I've lived here my entire life and can't believe how some people dress. Whether it's at a restaurant or even going to church (Packer garb, at Sunday service - unbelieveable).
As with any small business I hope it succeeds, but a "fashion cop" at the door? In Milwaukee? How long before that goes away due to lack of entrants or those do not have access to "fashionable items?" Who is to decide what one's style is fashionable or not? Just one of those "What is life?" questions that cannot really be answered.
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