What Really Happened with Don Hill's Closing?

Categories: Nightlife


The Soho rock club -- which was reopened in September by two guys I'll call the Reopeners -- has shuttered after Hill's death, and as Page Six reported, it's now being turned over to developers.

Well, this is what an insider tells me:

"[Reopener] had not paid Don in months, he had not paid the staff, and he had not paid the rent.

"Don was [having a legal battle over] his rent-stabilized apartment.

"Don was VERY STRESSED."

Don, as you know, collapsed and died of a heart attack.

Yikes. I'll be doing some more exploration into this, for Don Hill's sake -- the man and the club.



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Mikesmith19841
Mikesmith19841

STA management aka Hank Smulewitz. What you said might be more accurate then some of these posts but your still responsible for robbing us all blind. From what I've heard the party pays we were suppose to have received funded your deep sea fishing trips and most likely your cocaine addiction. so dont try and play it off like this was Dons fault.

luccccce
luccccce

I will FOREVER LOVE Michael for writing the truth - for being brave - for telling the world. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME.

Cantio78
Cantio78

By two guys they meant Nur and Hank. Who combined ran the place right down the shitter

guest
guest

the club had problems for years to come.. don trusted these guys to help bail his bar out. they brought in large crowds but promoted nothing.. raising drinks prices and adding more security when the only difference in the club was the paintings on the wall?

the fact that people worked their and didn't get paid? why would people work for free during this economy. giving away stuff for free to gain an investor interest was ridiculous. From how it sounds like.. the re-openers prb knew what they were doing and prob figured their was an offer for the property and used the money to get dons and got paid when the time was right.

Jackey
Jackey

Thanks Michael. Yes, please continue to look into this as Don deserves the very best & should not be tarnished by the actions of his "partners."

Pstr20 sounds like they have it right. Don knew how to run a club as a BUSINESS (without screwing people!) & everybody was happy to pay under his reign. We all know the business model of the other type of "promoter"...give it all away to VIPs, make a "scene", pull out as much cash as you can, bring in new investors & get out before everything collapses. I don't know that that happened here but it's a familiar story & I wouldn't be surprised. Don deserved much better.

Davore
Davore

I remember your Michael Alig blind item "Clubbed to Death" in the 90s. By running it the way you did, you got the word out, but in a legal fashion. And everyone knew who it was. I thought it was pretty impressive.

Fofofofofo
Fofofofofo

Is this an article? I don't understand what's going on. I know those words, but those sentences don't make sense to me. Am I just old because I'm used to paragraphs?

Pstr20
Pstr20

How about having had a conversation with Don a week before he passed in which he told me "Re-Openers" could not make money to save their lives. He said they filled the place with a crowd that didn't pay for anything and gave away the bar. He was not happy. Not only did Don, countless DJs, door people, security and hosts not get paid, the Re-Openers couldn't didn't make a dime for themselves either. They are not business men, they are opportunists who take other people's money to open money-losing ventures while popularizing themselves by giving away everything to "VIPs" in order to raise their own profiles. Sick. Sad.

Truthsayer
Truthsayer

Just let the world know who this (these) "re-Openers" are. Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny. They have the Boom Boom Room and Kenmare.

TomReagan
TomReagan

Show some balls Musto and NAME NAMES!!! Or are you too terrified this lying scum might not let you into one of their stupid parties?!?!! Coward!

Barb
Barb

In EVEN more important news, Obama produced his birth certificate. Fuck you, Trump!!!! Happy you distracted the whole country with this bull?

Sara
Sara

Don was not being evicted from his apt! He was in a legal case against them with his lawyer and friend Mr. Shaw .. I am getting really tiered of this gossip as I am still grieving but he would be so pissed to have people write that he was being evicted it's not the case! Thank you for correcting this please.

Jonster
Jonster

Sounds like Donald Trump was behind the whole thing.

Guest
Guest

some of the reopeners and hosts were real dirtbags.

Guest
Guest

Updated: Don died with $90 inthe bank. The re-opener owed him TONS of money.

Slave
Slave

I am in the process of trying to get Nur and the gang audited. If anyone can help please chime in.

Slave
Slave

I am retaining a lawyer next week. any one who is interested in raising a little hell get in touch.

S T A Management
S T A Management

I worked at the club and i know the real truth and none of this is the facts the facts are when the reopeners took over the club ,they were miss lead by Don in oct they got a back rent bill of over 300k . I have the bill !!!also in nov bmi frooze the bank account for 8k . There was a loan taken out that was for 27k the beer company was owed 14k The new york press frooze the account for 7k in jan and a credit card in the corp's name that was never paid all these depts were well before the reopeners took over so these are all facts with proof and record's of every account so before you all come up with our conspiracy theories know what the real truth is .Don was also on salery for 1k a week .

Slave
Slave

i never got paid!!

Guest
Guest

Yeah - not having the balls to print their names, which are public and known to anyone who cares, is a weak and shameful move for a newspaper - but typical of "access"-obsessed coward-journalists of today.

Lars Lefton
Lars Lefton

I'll agree with this. I went to see a friends show there and had nothing but trouble from the people at the door to the bar. I'm glad to see them out of business.

Guest
Guest

This is complete and utter horseshit.

luccccce
luccccce

Hi NUR! It's great to see that you are somewhat computer literate... Now you just need grammar, spelling, and fact checking lessons!

Wix
Wix

We figured it out, Musto. You made it quite clear, especially by mentioning the other writeup (the erroneous one, which has the names). You got the word out while making it legal.

S T A Management
S T A Management

thank you but its not Nur, jackass, how is that for grammar .as far as facts I have all the truth !!! well documented ,so please before you write anything I would really like you to argue that what I posted wasn't true instead of my grammar and guessing who I am

Xoxo
Xoxo

Weak and shameful? All the other writeups had a totally bullshit story about the closing. This told the truth.

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