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Saturday Night


So where would you expect us to find the glamorous LA real estate crowd at dinner this weekend but restaurants like West Hollywood's Madeo (often staked out by TMZ)? Confession: We were there with Newmark retail king Jay Luchs, right, and ran into Simon Mani (yes, one half of the famed Mani Brothers, with buildings like 9000 and 9200 Sunset, 801 S Figueroa, and 1401 Ocean). Simon tells us he's got plans to take the Malibu Beach Inn to the next level. It was already at a pretty high level, considering David Geffen sold the Carbon Beach landmark to the Mani Brothers in February for a reported $1.7M a room, the highest per key price in California history. This month, Simon says, he brought over former Shutters GM Gregory Day to both run the Inn and take on a new role as head of all hospitality for Mani Brothers. Sounds to us like there could be some other hotel plans ahead.