In 2008, CityBeat talked to EnDev CEO James Brennan about rumors of the potential closing of one of his nightclubs, Universal. We also brought up complaints from neighbors about noise and other code-compliance issues. Brennan denied the rumors and said that despite neighborhood squabbles, he planned to keep the club open.
By January 2010, Universal was closed. Financial problems ended up being the culprit, rather than neighborly relations, but Scotty Wagner and David Laurent aren't taking any chances. When they started construction on Eden, their new club that opened Jan. 11, one of the first things they did to the building at 1202 University Ave. was add extra soundproofing to help appease the neighbors.
“We did our research,” Eden spokesperson Robert Corea says. “We met with neighbors and vice [police] and added extra security to help resolve some of the issues.”
Corea said the feel and format of Eden is completely different than Universal, too. They've removed a few walls and relocated the dance floor; added a “Master Mixology” bar, a new DJ booth, a live-entertainment stage and new VIP areas; and the décor is totally redone. But the major change, Corea says, is the crowd the club will target (Universal branded itself “omni-sexual” and reached out to both straight and gay folks).
“We're definitely here to cater to the local Hillcrest community and be colorful,” Corea said, pointing out the new go-go stages. “Hillcrest is notorious for having boys on boxes.”
With the gay community in mind, Eden will be big on theme nights, local DJs and live entertainment. There's a pretty hilarious lineup stacking up in the club's E- List Celeb Series, which includes American Idol star Frenchie Davis on Jan. 14 and gay pop-culture icon and YouTuber CAZWELL on Jan.
22. Plus, Hillcrest scenester Michael Mack has been hired on as nightlife manager—further proof that Eden has the homo-, not omni-sexual market in its sights.
Art gallery owner Alexander Salazar will provide visuals for the club's walls, and when you walk into the new entryway of Eden, look up and check out the club's gay take on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling.