Marquee: Reinventing the Business of Nightlife
In January 2013, nightlife impresarios Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg are celebrating the re-opening of their famed New York City-based nightclub Marquee. While most clubs are over within their first one and a half years, Strauss and Tepperberg managed to keep Marquee one of NYC's hottest clubs for almost nine years. Meanwhile, they significantly expanded their portfolio of clubs in New York City, Las Vegas, and abroad. Now, after a costly renovation of Marquee New York City, would their investment pay off? Was it a wise idea to model the revamped club after its namesake in Las Vegas that had become North America's highest-grossing club by focusing on electronic dance music and featuring a high-profile DJ every night? Could Strauss and Tepperberg make the seemingly risky economics-which involved placing large bets on superstar DJs-work in a very different market?