Move over Hard Rock Café. Watch out Planet Hollywood. A music magazine is leaping off the printed page into the frying pan.Rolling Stone founder/editor/publisher Jann S. Wenner announced late last week a partnership with the principals of real estate developer the Lucky Rug Group to launch a 10,000 square-foot restaurant/bar/lounge/private event space next summer at Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Highland Center—situated along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and home to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre. Details were sparse concerning the forthcoming mega venue’s food menu and drink list but Wenner, et al., said it would feature “exposed black brick, tufted leather and vaulted ceilings throughout the location, as well as a stunning antique iron staircase.” There won’t be any music industry memorabilia (read: bric-a-brac) like you see plastered all over the walls at a Hard Rock, though. “We are both excited and determined to bring the spirit of the magazine to life—the edginess, the coolness, the classiness and the timelessness—in making this venue a place to see and be seen,” Lucky Rug Group co-owner and Rolling Stone stakeholder Niall Donnelly said in the announcement.Cool? Edgy? Sure, it’s had its moments, but those aren’t words I’d necessarily associate with the granddaddy of music magazines, at least not for the last several years.At any rate, getting into the restaurant businesses for anyone is, well, risky businesses. Planet Hollywood, for instance, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a number of times. The Rolling Stone brand, though, seems like a strong enough platform from which to launch a restaurant/bar project. It’s recognized across ages, gender and music preference. And, besides, Rolling Stone isn’t the only print magazine business that’s rolling the dice on branded venues. Maybe I’ll check out the new restaurant some night, but only if Wenner’s working the bar.
Shokaler KhoborThe print edition of daily Shokaler Khobor was shut down ‘temporarily’ on Thursday.Mehnaj Kabir, chief marketing and communication officer of Rangkan Holdings Limited which owns the daily, said, “We had decided to publish the newspaper in 2009. But, the media house has failed to make profit. Thus, we have decided to shut down the print edition of the newspaper.”“Despite the loss, we continued running the project with subsidy. We even tried to sell the ownership, but to no avail.”He also said a committee, formed in this regard, has started working to look into what can be done with the newspaper.The daily’s journalists and other employees will be given their dues as per 8th Wage Board within 25 September, he added.A journalist, on condition of anonymity, said there were more than 300 journalists and employees in the media house.The authorities said their jobs will remain effective till 30 September.
The Texas Supreme Court has questioned whether same-sex spouses are legally entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits. The decision sends the case back to a district trial court.Plaintiffs charge that Houston broke state law by using tax dollars to pay same-sex spousal benefits. The case has been brewing for three years, during which time the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.“What the Supreme Court of Texas said today was it’s an open question whether that includes the provision of government-sponsored health benefits,” says Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law Houston.The all-Republican state supreme court initially declined to hear the benefits case. It agreed to do so following a write-in campaign, as well as pressure from Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Attorney General Ken Paxton.“I’m extremely pleased that the Texas Supreme Court recognized that Texas law is still important when it comes to marriage,” said Paxton in a statement released by his office.Kenneth Upton is senior counsel in the regional office of Lambda Legal. The LGBT civil rights group has been assisting the City of Houston with the case. “If it allows other similar attacks to go forward, it could involve all kinds of employees, not just city employees,” says Upton. “Could involve state employees. Could involve employees who receive agency benefits, people who work for colleges and universities.”In a statement, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is reviewing its options, but in the meantime, Houston will continue to pay spousal benefits to all eligible employees. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:07 Share