Todd English Opens The Libertine, Finally Giving Us Something To Celebrate In Wall Street Neighborhood

by Rachelle Hruska · September 18, 2008

Andres Santo Domingo, Topper Mortimer [Andres Santo Domingo, Topper Mortimer. Photos by David X Prutting for PMc]

Todd English's highly anticipated Libertine in the Gild Hall (Thompson Hotel) has been looking for its staff for weeks. And, although one may argue that this wouldn't be the best week to open your new bar (what with the whole "Crisis" on Wallstreet), Todd English did just that.  And, in doing so, he further proved hotelier Jason Pomeranc's stance that:

“There’s no right time or wrong time to open a place like this.  It is our duty as hoteliers and restaurateurs to provide the inns and watering holes where people can celebrate their victories and mourn their losses.” [The Observer]

Celebrate they did.  With hosts Jason Pomeranc, Danny Baker, Andres Santo Domingo, Topper Mortimer, and Diego Garcia in the driver's seat, this party would have been a hit in the middle of a blackout, let alone a shaky market.

Diego Garcia, Topper Mortimer, Jason Pomeranc, Andres Santo DomingoMick RockEleanor Ylvisaker, Dani Stahl, Charlotte Ronson, Ali Wise, Shoshanna GrussTodd EnglishLauren Davis, Devon Schuster, Andres Santo Domingo, Allan BeeverSerena Nikkhah

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Other guests that made the trip downtown included Peter Davis, Tinsley Mortimer, Lauren Davis, Michael Marz, Serena Merriman, Melissa Bent, Hud Morgan, Devon Schuster, Allan Beever, Fabiola Beracasa, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Charlotte Ronson, Dani Stahl, Shoshanna Gruss, Ali Wise, Byrdie Bell, Simon Hammerstein, Bonnie Morrison, Lyle Maltz, Mick Rock, Elise Overland, Serena Nikkhah, and Hope Atherton.

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Todd English, Jason Pomeranc Todd English, Jason Pomeranc

Byrdie Bell, Ali Wise Byrdie Bell, Ali Wise

Simon Hammerstein, Bonnie Morrison, Lyle Maltz Simon Hammerstein, Bonnie Morrison, Lyle Maltz

Dani Stahl, Shoshanna Gruss, Ali Wise Dani Stahl, Shoshanna Gruss, Ali Wise

Diego Garcia, Topper Mortimer, Jason Pomeranc, Andres Santo Domingo (Hosts) Diego Garcia, Topper Mortimer, Jason Pomeranc, Andres Santo Domingo (Hosts)

Fabiola Beracasa Fabiola Beracasa atmosphere atmosphere

Eleanor Ylvisaker, Charlotte Ronson, Dani Stahl, Shoshanna Gruss Eleanor Ylvisaker, Charlotte Ronson, Dani Stahl, Shoshanna Gruss

Topper Mortimer, Tinsley Mortime Topper Mortimer, Tinsley Mortimer

Diego Garcia, Lauren Davis, Andres Santo Domingo Diego Garcia, Lauren Davis, Andres Santo Domingo

Peter Davis Peter Davis Burlesque Show Burlesque Show

Jason Pomeranc, Fabiola Beracasa, Diego Garcia, Lauren Davis, Andres Santo Domingo Jason Pomeranc, Fabiola Beracasa, Diego Garcia, Lauren Davis, Andres Santo Domingo

Michael Marz, Serena Merriman, Melissa Bent, Hud Morgan Michael Marz, Serena Merriman, Melissa Bent, Hud Morgan

Ason Pomeranc, Danny Baker, Andres Santo Domingo, Topper Mortimer, Diego Garcia (Hosts)

Jason Pomeranc, Danny Baker, Andres Santo Domingo, Topper Mortimer, Diego Garcia (Hosts)