Conga Room Se Está Cerrando

The_Conga_Room-resized200.gifThat’s a babelfish translation since my lovely, Spanish-speaking domestic partner is elsewhere, but what it’s supposed to say is “Conga Room is Closing.” After eight years of serving up spicy Latin and world music, the Wilshire hotspot founded by Brad Gluckstein with investment from Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Smits and Paul Rodriguez is shutting down for a couple of years to transition to a new space in the burgeoning South Park district of downtown. That means “near Staples Center” for those of you west of the 405:

The Conga Room’s proposed new location is at L.A. Live, the massive complex planned for downtown that also features a high-rise hotel, a concert theater and a multiplex cinema. The club will double its current capacity of 600, and will also feature a broadcast booth for live radio and TV shows.

The new location offers advantages missing on the Miracle Mile, explains Gluckstein. It will attract pedestrian traffic, tourists and sports fans.

Probably a good move for the troubled establishment, if downtown takes off like it’s supposed to. The final curtain drops on May 31 with a “Conga Room All-Stars” jam session that you can bet will be packed with big name special guests.