Roberto Cavalli has found a partner to open a network of night clubs in Russia and Ukraine

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Famous Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has found a partner for a project to build a network of like night clubs in Russia and Ukraine. Investor network development Cavalli Clubs will be the founder and co-owner of the Azerbaijani TV channel ATV Sahib Ibragimov. To debut at club and restaurant market in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev tycoon willing to spend about 6 million euros. Cavalli flagship club could open this fall in the building of the restaurant “Prague”, which is leased from the partners Thalmann Ishmael, wrote in a Wednesday RBC daily.

On the joint project, Roberto Cavalli and Sahib Ibragimov newspaper reported the company Penny Lane Realty, which is the exclusive advisor to open a network of clubs Cavalli Clubs in Russia and Ukraine.

Create a network of Italian designer Cavalli Clubs began in 2008. The first club appeared in Florence, then followed expansion in Milan and Dubai. Experience in Western Europe and the United Arab Emirates has been very successful, so the decision was made about the development of Russia and Ukraine, said head of commercial real estate Penny Lane Realty Alex Tomb. This idea was voiced partners a year ago.

According to the publication, the ideologue of the project Cavalli Clubs in Russia and the CIS are Roberto Cavalli and his investor – founder and co-owner of the Azerbaijani TV channel ATV Sahib Ibragimov. Interviewed experts argue that Ibragimov was not represented on the Russian market. Media mogul has business in Azerbaijan, Dubai and London.

In 2011, the partners plan to open entertainment venues in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. To determine the sites in the Russian capitals parties hope in February and March. Thus, in Moscow are being considered three sites, and in St. Petersburg – two. Experts estimate Penny Lane Realty, investment in one club will make about 2 million euros.

Russian clubs manage Cavalli Clubs are local promoters, said a source familiar with the plans of partners. Their choice may be limited to producers entertainment complex “Empire” or the club Soho.

Open the first club in Moscow partners expect this fall. Italian designer flagship club may appear in the building the restaurant “Prague”. Ibragimov and Cavalli are going to rent the second and fourth floors (about 1.8 sq. m.) Of a historic building, said Alexei Tomb. Term of the lease must be at least three years. Negotiations with the owner of the restaurant – a group AST Telman Ismailov – partners are from September 2010.

Nevertheless, a number of experts nostalgia is not optimistic about the transformation of the “Prague” to a nightclub. Restaurant market in Moscow is already saturated, and night clubs do not live more than three years, warns Deputy Director for Development and hospitality industry trends, Strategic Consulting and Valuation CB Richard Ellis Stanislav Ivashkevich. According to him, after the rebranding of the historic symbol of “Prague” may disappear.