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Significance and Design
The club featured Gothic accents, gargoyles with lights piercing from their eyes, plush velvet couches, private karaoke rooms, a large dance floor with integrated floor illumination system, and marble trimmed bathrooms. The club was located on 721 S. Western Ave and opened in 2000, but closed in 2006. In 2007, it reopened under new ownership and a new name, Le Cercle.
"Booking", a unique Korean club practice in which waiters introduce club patrons to each other, was common at Le Privé. Booking is a practice in which waiters bring women (sometimes forcibly) to a table to sit with men. Both parties are free to leave at any time, or depending on mutual interest, they can continue to sit together and drink and talk. This is one of the few instances in Korean culture where tipping is encouraged, as waiters usually give a better effort depending on gratuity.
Approximately 65% of the patrons were Koreans (Korean Americans and immigrants), 20% Chinese (Chinese Americans and immigrants), 5% other Asians, 10% non Asians. The club hosts an average age range from 21 to 30.
- Police: Booze Fuels Koreatown Crime (Asian Week - June 14, 2002)
- Cracking the Clubbing Code (LA Weekly - February 5, 2004)
- It's Koreatown, Jake (Seoul Times)