Out and About
— Sara Ramirez and Carson Kressley hosted Broadway Takes the Runway to benefit the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation in New York.
— Hilary Swank and her agent beau, John Campisi, had a romantic lunch at Rande Gerber’s Café Habana Malibu.
— Halle Berry was spotted out in Sherman Oaks, Calif., wearing her Divine Rights of Denim jeans in the Cosmic wash. All DRD pieces are now available at Forever 21 stores nationwide for under $30.
Rachel Uchitel, Jamie Grubbs in near miss
The most infamous of Tiger Woods’ mistresses, Rachel Uchitel and Jamie Grubbs, came thisclose to running into each other in California. According to a spy at Rande Gerber’s Café Habana in Malibu, Grubbs came in for lunch the other day with an unidentified man. Right after they left, Uchitel came in with a group of friends who were all drinking, but she abstained. Maybe she’s keeping it sober after her stint on “Celebrity Rehab.”
Caught in the Act!
• Just one week after celebrating her 30th birthday, Kim Kardashian is still celebrating. This time, the starlet was helping pal Ciara ring in her 25th birthday at New York’s Greenhouse. Kardashian emceed the surprise party and even sang “Happy Birthday” to her singer pal while Chris Brown deejayed. The girlfriends danced all night and partied until 3 a.m.
• Whitney Port had the support of her entire family at the Bowl for a Better L.A. event, which the reality star hosted at Lucky Strike LA Live. Port’s four siblings and parents all bowled but by the end of the night, she was the one who dominated the lanes – earning the highest scores.
• Rosario Dawson, sipping sangria at Café Habana Malibu while hosting a private shopping event at Intermix Malibu, which is right next door. “She was extremely sweet to everyone,” a source says of the actress, who threw the event for VDay, a movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls.
• With days before his new TBS late-night show airs, Conan O’Brien was sharing a working brunch with some assistants at Delphine restaurant inside the W Hotel in L.A. The funnyman tucked into a steak sandwich during his meal on the outdoor patio.
• Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Magro, hosting a bash at Stingaree, a San Diego, Calif., nightclub. The reality star kept things relatively low-key, sipping vodka in the club’s penthouse – and even shying away from a table of Hooters girls sitting next to him.
Cafe Habana Malibu Starts Theme Nights
We’re yet to be convinced that Cafe Habana has really translated from its Downtown New York location to Malibu, but the restaurant appears to be busy enough on its spacious PCH patio. Now the restaurant is veering into theme nights, with Sunday and Monday night football shown on big screens, accompanied by $6 margaritas and mojitos, plus DJs Sicky Dicky and Cisco Adler on Tuesdays, and a Karaoke night every Wednesday. Sounds more like Rush Street than Prince Street.
Theme Nights Announced at Cafe Habana Malibu
MALIBU— Cafe Habana has launched a series of “theme” nights. Sunday and Monday is football night with $4 Bud and Bud Light, $6 margaritas and mojitos; Tuesday is music night with Cisco Adler and Sicky Dicky DJ rocking beats; and Wednesday brings Cuban-themed Karaoke night. [EaterWire]
Malibu’s Most Wanted: Rande Gerber’s Café Habana Comes Alive at Night
Southern California finally has its very own Café Habana, and although related, it’s nothing like Nolita’s go-to Cuban spot. During the day, this Malibu social hub is winning over the rich and famous with stellar Cuban-inspired fare. At night, kids pack the spot to check out what the DJs are saying and playing. Every Tuesday, the restaurant turns into a club of sorts, when Sicky Dicky productions teams up with Cisco Adler and Shwayze to play hip-hop and more for very attractive white people.
It’s an incredible scene, one that owner Rande Gerber says people are driving up from Los Angeles to attend. “We get a lot of people coming from West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Westlake, and other areas that prefer weekdays so they don’t have to deal with the weekend traffic in Malibu,” he said via email last week. To be sure, Gerber himself isn’t hanging late-night on Tuesdays, but the longtime hotel bar owner is frequently there during the day with his wife, Cindy Crawford.
“We are the only place in Malibu that serves all night. Most other places are quiet at 9pm and close soon after,” Gerber added. Accordingly, Malibu’s version of Habana attracts a twenty-something crowd looking for something to do after dark that doesn’t involve a long drive to L.A. Malibu suffers from a serious lack of late night options, and the restaurant that sometimes morphs into a scene is filling a gap in one of America’s best-known, wealthiest communities.
Tuesdays at Habana can become riddled with bottle-happy college students from Pepperdine hell-bent on getting wasted, but the crowd remains eclectic by Malibu standards. According to Gerber, “We get Malibu housewives, rock stars, people who might one day be rock stars, and those who after a few drinks think they can sing.”
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