The Purple Room, a 1960s favorite watering hole and supper club of the famed Rat Pack was recently reopened for a new generation of nightlife hipsters. The Rat Pack, the hippest A-List crowd on the planet then and now, was comprised of Frank Sinatra and his pals which included Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, and other assorted raconteurs. Now you can walk in the footsteps of these entertainment and cultural giants while dining and imbibing in a plush historic setting!
Located at the retro Club Trinidad Resort, the Purple Room first opened its doors in 1960. The Purple Room is where Frank Sinatra brought his friends to eat, drink and play.
Revamped with swanky updated décor, an enlarged performance stage, and state-of-the-art sound by Tony Marchese and Mark Van Laanen, owners of local favorite TRIO Restaurant, the Purple Room has recreated the Rat Pack vibe while offering sumptuous dining, classic cocktails and nightly live entertainment.
The musical impresarios of the Purple Room are the dynamic duo Gary and Joan Gand. In addition to their popular local musical act The Gand Band, which never fails to kick up the energy quotient several notches, the Gands have found the best musicians around to entertain you every night!
The Purple Room is open from 3PM to midnight weekdays and until 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Mondays. For more information, call 760-322-4422 or visit www.purpleroompalmsprings.com .
I recently sat down with Tony and Mark to find out more about Purple Room and why the believe Palm Springs is like no place else.
Tell our Palm Springs visitors and residents what exciting things you are up to.
Well, with the Purple Room we have joined dining and music; we have entertainment six night a week through the dinner hours. People love the energy of the Purple Room and having live music in this very cool supper club setting. Plus there’s no cover.
For someone who has not visited Palm Springs before, how would you describe the experience?
Palm Springs is exciting, but still has a tranquil environment with the beauty of the mountains and the sun. Since we are both transplants (Mark from Wisconsin, Tony is from Chicago) we immediately loved the sense of community. We felt so welcomed and found the community so supportive at our first restaurant TRIO in the Uptown Design District.
Why would you encourage visitors to come to Palm Springs?
First, Palm Springs is so unusual from any part of the U.S. It’s like stepping back to the 1960s with the architecture. Also, there’s such diversity and a growing younger demographic. We think of it as a small town with big town people
What is one thing you think people might want to know about Palm Springs or be surprised to discover about the destination?
The Purple Room at the Trinidad Resort is only one of two original Rat Pack hang outs. We updated the décor, lighting and sound system but kept the vibe as it was when Frank, Sammy, Dean and others came here. It’s also where Frank Sinatra got engaged.
What is your vision for the future of Palm Springs as a tourist destination?
The revitalization of downtown will bring back a vibrant downtown and will create a whole new generation of people who will discover Palm Springs. Its reputation will continue as a world renowned destination.