The District’s nightlife and media VIPs painted the town RED on Tuesday evening, as downtown nightspot Josephine
unveiled a brand new, chic interior after a two month-long revamp.
A frequent stop among A-list celebrities and athletes since it first opened in 2008, it wasn’t uncommon for patrons to bump (or dance) into the likes of Sean Penn
, Ashton Kutcher
, Shaquille O’Neal
, Spike Lee
or Jay Sean
during any given Friday or Saturday night.
And now the city’s beautiful people will have even more of a reason to flock to the Vermont Avenue-located club, thanks to a facelift that created an additional 1,000-squarefeet of usable dance and mingling space – all of which is bedecked in a gleaming new interior that comes courtesy of Miami-based designer Mark Lehmkuhl
The visual mastermind behind celebrity hotspots Mokai, Suite/Snatch, and Living Room, Lehmkuhl has brought his signature modern touch to Josephine, which now boasts a main bar illuminated in shades of lavender and hallways lined with diamond-shaped mirrors.
Probably the biggest change, however, is the complete overhaul of the club’s back bar area, which has been dramatically expanded and transformed into a posh Gold Room, complete with gilded art deco accents, leather couches, and reflective walls.
Last night, a handful of the city’s movers-and-shakers had a chance to preview this new nightlife nirvana during an event that also served double-duty as the D.C. launch for Belvedere Vodka’s new RED Special Edition Bottle
benefiting the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa
Signature ‘Belvedere Red’ cocktails were mixed-up by the venue’s beautiful bar staff, as servers mingled about with platters of passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of sister restaurant/lounge Current Sushi
In a nod to the club’s newly introduced wine and champagne by the glass menu, chilled flutes of Moet & Chandon
champagne were also liberally bandied about along with souvenir red bracelets.
Co-Managing Partner Tony Hudgins
, Capitol File Magazine
Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett
, One Lounge
owner Seth McClelland
, and Luxxery Medical Boutique
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki
and his wife Hiba Hakki
were but some of the VIPs spotted mingling with Josephine co-owner Alain Kalantar
and General Manager Rich Boykins
So you think you can dance D.C.? Josephine will be the judge of that…