21 Jump: Number Crunch
The owners of the ‘21’ Club have filed a lawsuit against Ocean’s 21, the Vegas-style restaurant and lounge that opened last May in the downtown space formerly known as Marylou’s. (Before being shut down for rampant cocaine dealing a few years ago, it was a late-night hangout for Jack Nicholson, Bret Easton Ellis, and Jay McInerney.) “The ‘21’ Club is claiming ownership of the number 21, and we sort of think that’s silly,” says Ocean’s lawyer, Randy Friedberg. “But we’re the new kids on the block and we don’t have the kind of money to put toward fighting this.” Meanwhile, ‘21’ Club’s lawyer, Jack Landry, is confident the case will soon be settled: “Ocean’s is taking the ‘21’ out of its name.”
Food For Thought: Morsels of Info
Ladies who lunch must be careful to chew slowly. Just ask Jane Wenner (wife of Jann) and Kate Flax, owner of Kate’s Paperie (and estranged wife of Leonard, the Sam Flax scion). Each of these women recently choked on pieces of meat and were lucky enough to be rescued by people who knew how to execute the Heimlich maneuver. “I really gave it to her hard,” deadpans James White, vice-president of Stribling & Associates, who saved Flax during lunch at Payard last week. Wenner’s savior and personal chef, Rob Miketa, was less forthcoming, but we understand an errant meatball was involved.
Socialite Flips: Lily Safra mints money in Fifth Avenue apartment.
Three years ago, socialite Lily Safra, the widow of banking legend Edmond Safra, bought the fourth-floor apartment at 820 Fifth Avenue, where she lives in the penthouse. Last week, she accepted an offer of about $24.5 million for the six-bedroom floor-through. (She’ll be keeping her penthouse.) But it takes more than money to get past the co-op board, ruled by socialite Jayne Wrightsman. In years past, they’ve rejected Valentino, Steve Wynn, and Libbett Johnson. Broker Sharon Baum declined to comment.