Melvyn's Restaurant, The Purple Room Ride Resurgence

Nightclubs thrive as customers seek food, music and nostalgia



A new generation enjoys the authentic Palm Springs charm of Melvyn’s Restaurant.

Photo by Maria Zang

 

They are a flash from the past.

But they are becoming a real part of the present and future of the Greater Palm Springs area.

Melvyn’s Restaurant and The Purple Room are riding the wave of the nightclub scene comeback dating back to its 1950’s roots when “The Rat Pack” roamed the desert cities.

Just ask Mel Haber’s, owner of Melvyn’s Restaurant and Ingelside Inn.

“I am astounded, it really is a resurgence,” says Haber, who notes the crowds have grown younger recently than at any time in the past 39 years.

“I’m one of the few places that represents authentic Palm Springs,” Haber says.  “Now I have a new generation that is supporting this place - and it’s really exciting.”

 

VIDEO: Hear from Mel Haber at Melvyn's and Tony Marchese at The Purple Room on why nightclubs are maiking a comeback.

 

Further down Palm Canyon is another famous hangout rich with Palm Springs glamorous past - The Purple Room at Club Trinidad, a long-time favorite since the 1960s. New owners Tony Marchese and Mark Van Laanen took over the renovations of the dated nightclub last year and gave it a more modern-day twist with an updated and remodeled stage.

Marchese says he’s not surprised about the current resurgence of supper clubs.

“People are going back to wanting to be entertained while they are eating,” he says. “People are looking for the whole packaged experience, food, entertainment and a dose of nostalgia.”

History, re-birth or resurgence, whatever the case, Melvyn’s and the Purple Room are where the new Palm Springs plays.

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