The entire Court has been summoned to attend the farewell festivities for Ray's final Latin night in the back bar. That space is being turned over to Ditmar and will become some sort of "Heidi's Hun Haven" or, actually "D Bar" next week.
Ray and his buddies turned it out every Sunday. For all their attempts to look tough, they were the most powder-puff pack of fem-bots ever assembled. They were called "gangsters", but if you looked closely, they all wore Guggi, Prada, and drove BMW's to have their eyebrows waxed. They were about as ''gangster" as my aunt Agatha.
What they were was fun, great fun and although Latino night can never end in this town, this is the time it will evolve. Whether it moves to the front room in some manner or morphs elsewhere, there was too much power behind that group to think it will just go away.
Like all finales, tonight's party will be remembered for the entertainment, surprises, and treats in store. There will strippers, of course, and if we need to lock the the doors we will. But for all the hope and excitement of Ditmar's new venture, there is a "sigh" about the ending of Latino night back there.
But this is South Beach, and you don't mourn long. All of Society will turn out tonight to bid farewell to a night and a room that began accidentally and became a legend in town that other clubs envied. Monday is officially cancelled.