The Groucho Club, London’s original members’ establishment for the arts and creative industries, is searching for a 20,000- to 30,000-square-foot site in Midtown South, Commercial Observer has learned.
The 31-year-old club is “looking for a special property that resonates with the artistic heritage, warmth, charm and maverick spirit of the Groucho in which to open our second club,” according to requirement details widely emailed by the club’s exclusive leasing agent, David Baker of Isaacs and Company. He told CO that the club would have the same name as the original, located in the Soho area of London, and declined to comment further.
The Groucho Club also requires a minimum of 1,500 square feet of operational outdoor space for its new Manhattan club, which will be between 34th and Canal Streets. The club’s plans include 20 to 30 hotel rooms, two restaurants, two bars and additional space for events and functions.
The Groucho Club was “dreamt up by a group of publishers as an alternative to stuffy gentleman’s clubs who wanted somewhere to meet and relax,” according to its website. It has two restaurants, bars, private event rooms, 20 bedrooms as well as newly acquired apartments adjacent to the club.
The club’s managing director, Matthew Hobbs, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
BBC reported in June that The Groucho Club was sold to a group of investors for as much as $63 million, and the new owners were planning to open an outpost in New York City.