Soho House members are furious that the club’s iconic rooftop in the Meatpacking District is closed just as the weather heats up.
On a recent Friday, well-heeled patrons looking to spend the afternoon sipping Aperol spritzes poolside were in for a rude awakening as they found out the rooftop floor was a construction scene.
“Couldn’t they have done this in the winter?” said one annoyed thirty-something woman in a floral dress and jean jacket as she received the bad news in the club’s elevator. “Why couldn’t they have gotten it done during the pandemic like the L train?” her pal chimed in.
Other members are fleeing to neighboring perches such as the Restoration Hardware’s RH Rooftop Restaurant, Catch, STK and the Gansevoort Hotel.
“We are gaining customers,” Sean Largotta, a partner at the Gansevoort, told The Post. The hotel recently spent more than $30 million renovating the hotel, including installing fireplaces and an omakase bar on its roof. So many people wanted to visit last week, the hotel decided to push up its opening time from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.
“That decision was 100% made because of demand — people were at reception begging us to let them up,” Largotta said.
“It’s funny. I can look down at the Soho House roof from our roof,” he continued. “I see all the big blue tarps, and the piles of wood, and I am like, ‘I wouldn’t do renovations on my roof in April, but I’m not complaining if they do."