SBE Entertainment Group

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sbe Entertainment Group
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
Area served
Key people
Sam Nazarian
Real Estate

SBE is a privately held, lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs.

Established in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, SBE’s established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, Clift, Hudson, Sanderson and St Martins Lane. In addition, SBE has the following international restaurants and lounges: Katsuya, Cleo, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz, Umami Burger, Hyde Lounge and Skybar.

Dakota Development, an international real estate development group, and Disruptive Restaurant Group are subsidiaries of SBE.

In November 2016, SBE acquired Morgans Hotel Group adding 13 boutique hotels to its portfolio, including New York’s Hudson, the Mondrian and Delano brands, as well as Morgans Originals. Following the acquisition, SBE owns and operates over 20 hotels, 70 restaurants, and 42 lounges, and shares its headquarters between Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami.

Nazarian retained majority ownership of SBE, and remains its Founder & CEO, leading all day-to-day operations. Although Morgans was a public company, SBE acquired it in a "take-private" transaction, and therefore, SBE continues to be a private company.

SBE's visionary partners include designers Philippe Starck, Yabu Pushelburg, KPF, and Marcel Wanders, photographers David Rockwell and Matthew Rolston, and chefs José Andrés, Katsuya Uechi, Michael Schwartz, musician and actor Lenny Kravitz, and Danny Elmaleh. SBE also has partnerships with certain credits cards and vendors.

SBE Hospitality Brands[edit]

Disruptive Restaurant Group[edit]

A subsidiary of SBE, Disruptive Restaurant Group, incubates and operates culinary brands. The restaurants include Katsuya, Cleo, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails, Fi’lia by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, K Ramen. Burger. Beer., and Umami Burger.

Hotels & Residences[edit]


  • SLS Baha Mar


  • Mondrian Doha


  • 10 Karakoy

Las Vegas:


  • St. Martins Lane
  • Sanderson Hotel

Los Angeles:


New York:


SBE’s nightlife consists of: Doheny Room, S Bar, Hyde, Nightingale, Skybar, Bar Nür, Fourteen, XIV Sessions, and more.

Dakota Development[edit]

Dakota Development, a division of SBE, has developed SLS locations in Beverly Hills, South Beach, Brickell as well as the Redbury South Beach and other restaurants and venues around the world. The group’s core capabilities include: master planning, design development and management, FF&E management, OS&E management, project management, construction management, value-driven engineering, unique “in-house’ capital markets division, institutional construction accounting platform, project budgeting and cash flow management.


In addition to SBE's above-mentioned visionary partners, SBE has entered partnerships to offer programs such as:

  • Programs for holders of credit cards that participate in Chase's Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection,[1] in the sbe+Chase Sapphire Reserve partnership,[2] and in the Visa Signature Hotels collection for Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders[3]
  • "Exclusive sbe Hotel Perks for Sprint customers".[4]


The Abbey[edit]

The Abbey is a bar and nightclub in West Hollywood, California. Originally established as a local coffee shop in 1991 by David Cooley, the bar was eventually purchased by SBE.[5] It is one of the highest tax revenue producing businesses in West Hollywood, California.[6]

The Abbey has been featured in a number of television series of interest to the LGBT community, including being the venue of the Logo original series Wisecrack. The club and its owner, David Cooley, have also featured in the Logo series Open Bar and Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising and the TV series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Transgender actress Candis Cayne was featured in several lip-synch shows there in 2008.

Model and dancer Steven Dehler is a regular performer at The Abbey.[citation needed]

In late summer 2015, David Cooley announced he had purchased back his establishment from Nazarian's SBE. Cooley announced the purchase at his iconic haunt — the Abbey Food and Bar, located at 692 N. Robertson Blvd. — during his speakeasy-themed birthday party on Aug. 11. SBE no longer owns or has a controlling interest in the Abbey Food and Bar.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection".
  2. ^ "sbe + Chase Sapphire Reserve".
  3. ^ "Visa Signature Hotels".
  4. ^ "sbe-Sprint: Enjoy exclusive sbe Hotel perks just for being a Sprint customer".
  5. ^ "Gay?". Out Magazine. December 12, 2007.
  6. ^ "West Hollywood Tax Revenue Q4 2012". Spring 2013.

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