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SEP 13, 2012

Hot Summer Soirée in the Heart of Downtown LA - Debut Opening of Le Ka Restaurant & Lounge and The Official LA Premiere After-Party of $upercapitalist

By Privy Editor

 

Privy was exceedingly proud to support the official LA Premiere After-Party of the new movie $upercapitalist at the heart of downtown’s exciting new venue, and soon to be the hottest place to chill out in the City of Angels - Le Ka Restaurant & Lounge. We were twice-thrilled to participate in the "preview" of the stunning $3.5 million Le Ka Restaurant in the ever-impressive Privy-style while lending our enthusiastic support to $upercapitalist - the financial thriller set in the two places on earth where money never sleeps - New York and Hong Kong. The electrifying ‘winners-take-it-all’ movie depicting the ruthless culture of corporate greed in tailored suits, billion-dollar deals, fast profits and faster cars showcases none other than two of our fabulously talented Privy members Derek Ting, who is also the screenwriter for the film, and actress Kathy Uyen. The film has received quite an outspoken, two-thumbs-up buzz from viewers across the globe, and has been recently featured in the NY Times, BBC World, Forbes, NBC News and CNBC News.

Enjoying the end-of-summer mood shared by all, and everyone more than anxious to kick off the much-deserved respite from their labors during the Labor Day holidays, the extraordinary occasion began with the fine-looking array of people arriving in chic and elegant style, and all ready to immerse themselves inside exactly what LA has waiting for them – the ultra-brand-new Le Ka Restaurant and Lounge. After what seemed like endless construction delays, this stunning establishment is located on the corner of 6th and Flower on the street-level of the 18-story Pacific Financial Center on the West Side of downtown LA. Le Ka (now officially open for business as of September 10th), is sure to make a lot of people very happy by keeping their doors open until 4 AM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting on September 21st. With the long-awaited arrival of Le Ka Restaurant and Lounge on the scene, Downtown LA continues to enhance its growing reputation as a vibrant and stimulating 24-hour urban center of non-stop excitement.

After your eyes have taken in the gorgeous modern-aesthetic Le Ka branding above the entrance designed by the renowned Sandra Costa, the moment you step inside, you experience the warm and graciously contemporary décor that makes you feel like you have stepped into the pages of an Architectural Digest magazine layout. One of the most outstanding features to surprise you is the sheer immensity of the outdoor dining area, which is 2,500 square feet, and with two enormous fireplaces, and all ensconced in an exterior bronze-hued “rustic metal” fencing with countless rectangular openings punched through to provide patrons with a perfect balance of both intimate privacy and transparency. The indoor portion of the restaurant, which was once a branch of the Cathay Bank, is over 6,000 square feet, and the entire space has been expertly crafted by Tag Front Architecture, the firm who also designed the Boa West Hollywood, as well as Takami in Downtown LA. The ambiance is suffused with warm amber lighting created by amazing ultra-modern glass chandeliers cascading down from 50-foot high ceilings, while boasting two grand dining rooms and a bar, and a fantastic open-kitchen concept. When you walk in, the first astonishing thing to come into view is the massive wine cellar which will certainly impress the most discriminating of wine connoisseurs.

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Everyone will undoubtedly recognize the unmistakable touch of Privy members Michael and Marcus Kwan, owners of the hugely popular Wokcano, and they obviously have proven their remarkable craftsmanship by presenting their amazing flair for masterful design concepts yet again by creating the best new venue in downtown LA. Incidentally, the events of the evening were also coinciding with the birthday celebration of Marcus Kwan as well. The Le Ka Restaurant can also extol the added advantage of retaining the incredible culinary expertise of executive chef, Remi Lauvand, whose distinguished credentials include the Café Pierre, the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, New York's Montrachet, and Michel Richard's Citrus.

With over 400 Privy members and guests showing up for the LA Premiere After-Party of $upercapitalist at Le Ka, it was surely a night of great company and abundant energy. There was plenty of merriment and music, mixing and mingling, dancing and drinking, carousing and carrying on with movie stars, cast members, and crew alike. All this dynamic vitality was electrifying, while the Privy logo was lavishly displayed on ceilings, and the $upercapitalist movie trailer made its perfectly poised presence on the wall for a non-stop reminder of the evening’s cinematic celebration. Among the party’s participants who flew in Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh were the movie’s director and protagonists Derek Ting and actress Kathy Uyen, along with producer Joyce Yung just to name a few. Added to those, were a procession of fabulous guests and members including Privy CEO Stephen Liu, Hennessy Brand Ambassador Wayne Chang, Symantec Vice President Ed Kim, VP Merrill Lynch and Le Ka Partner Kerry Moy, CEO of Plan C Agency Giancarlo Pancheco, SVP Wedbush Jeremy Zhu, Rambus Executive Teddy Zee, Gravity Media Agency Executive Quyenzi Pham, Pacific International Capital Managing Director David Hung, Singer/Actress/Youtube Personality Sara Mibo Sohn, Big Rock Managing Director Bennet Kim, Shoedazzle General Counsel Richard Jun, The Famous Group Managing Director David Kwan, APEX Vice Chairman Tuan Do, along with host, actor and model Archie Kao from “CSI” and singer, dancer Kahi Park (After School) who was visiting from Seoul.

What better way to warm up for a long, end-of-summer weekend under the shimmering skyline of sensational Downtown LA, with its fantastic urban panorama and pulsating nightlife, yet so warmly embraced by the cozy yet sumptuous atmosphere of Le Ka. All of which has gone well beyond our expectations, providing a wonderfully memorable occasion with the best of company and friends, and creating both a time and a place much like an oasis, where you are enveloped in luxuriant ambiance of the coolest new hot-spot in town, while the ever-present hustle and bustle of city life hums just beyond your impeccably secluded paradise.

Stay tuned for the Privy Supper Club at Le Ka in the near future!

 

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