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September 5, 2008

Jon Han is o-u-t

jon hanJon Han, who opened the high-end club Palma in the Redwood Trust building, has left town, sources say.

The investors met and voted him off the island, I'm told. He's now headed for Philly, where he plans to open a similar club, according to the rumor mill.

Here's another juicy little tidbit: I hear they never even made a full rent payment. Ouch! Dubai is already closed. Looks like Palma is next. 

What a weird little saga. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:43 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Sam, maybe your reviews scared them away.

Man, won't they ever learn. In Baltimore the words "classy" and "dance clubs" don't mesh. This town enjoys hard drinking bars and cheesy night clubs. That's just how we roll.

Drew -- Boo!

These places closed/are closing faster than a play with scathing openning night reviews.

You would think with so much money laid out that they would at least change managers and marketing strategies and try for a couple of more months.

I can't believe that anyone would let Jon Han manager anything right now much less open or command another Titanic this soon wothout proving himself.

Landlord changed the locks this weekend. They owe lots of back rent.

Baltimore is hopeless, I actually like the club, the environment is nice, music is's ashamed. Hope Baltimore will stop hating and support what they are trying to do here. It's nice not have to drive all the way to DC.

Hopeless? Since when is a club like Palma or Dubai something to aspire to? If that's your thing, so be it. But time and again, the people of this city have shown that they just are not interested in pretentious clubs. Personally, I think its a testament to the fact that people here value substance over style and know that even with the pretty lights and fancy decorations, its just a place to get a drink. This is the market at work and its the fault of those who can't read plainly obvious indicators that the clubs won't succeed. Finally, there's no need to support what Han and his investors are "trying to do" - they're not feeding the hungry or helping the homeless. They're offering a product for sale that no one wants.

I don't think Palma will back down to all this. They will come back even harder and improve Baltimore and what it used to be. I don't appreciate what people been saying. Most people in Baltimore, MD are all shady and doing illegal stuff too. If you take a visit to Dubai right now, i would say, I would take account of multiple accounts of underage drinking and polluting the streets with drunk kids and causing hassles. Its just Baltimore, MD as it is that is causing these difficult problems and someone needs to change this.

Guess What??? Palma will be back soon!

@ Anonymous

I would like to that you. Now who can argue with that? We're all indebted to Anonymous for clearly stating what needed to be said. Not only was it authentic Baltimore gibberish, but it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.

So how about that Palma?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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