July 24, 2013: Fashion Debuts Fall Ads on Instagram, Barclays Is Top Concert Venue, Taco Bell Drops Kids' Meals

By Beth Kormanik July 24, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

1. BARCLAYS CENTER TOP-GROSSING CONCERT VENUE: Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is the highest-grossing venue in the United States for concerts and family shows, surpassing Madison Square Garden. New York Post: "[Barclays], which opened in September, raked in $46.9 million in ticket revenue for top acts such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber, according to Billboard magazine. That cash haul topped the $39.5 million in event-ticket sales for the nation’s No. 2 venue, Madison Square Garden, Billboard said. One expert attributed Barclays’ revenue ranking to its novelty and to its location among the hipsters in Brooklyn. … He also noted that the Garden has been under renovation, which may have affected its revenue.”

2. FASHION TURNS TO INSTAGRAM TO DEBUT FALL ADS: Under username OscarPRGirl, Oscar de la Renta will debut its fall ad campaign on Instagram instead of in the September issue of a glossy magazine. Women's Wear Daily: “It’s an early test on the part of de la Renta — and another sign of how the digital world, and Instagram’s photo and video sharing platform in particular, are impacting the way fashion brands reach consumers. … Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has quickly become a favorite of fashion brands accustomed to connecting with consumers visually.”

3. TACO BELL DROPS KIDS' MEALS: Taco Bell will discontinue its kids' meals and toys, moving kids' offerings such as the crunchy taco to the standard menu. Los Angeles Times: “American consumers have been losing interest in kids' meals for years, according to research from the NPD Group. Young diners have increasingly sophisticated palates and are more open to healthful foods, according to researchers.”


ATLANTA:  Kevin Rathbun will host a watch party for his appearance on Food Network's Chopped at Kevin Rathbun Steak August 11.

CHICAGO:  Gilt City's “Better Than Backstage Rooftop Pool Party,” presented by Fiji Water, will take place at EnV Chicago on August 3 during Lollapalooza weekend. The event will offer live music by MS MR and Matt Roan, cocktails, and summery bites including Fiji snow cones.

Garmental and have a new “Keep It Chic” series at RM Champagne Salon. The four-week series showcases fashion brands from local boutiques and offers signature cocktails, prizes, and social media photo opportunities with the hashtag #KeepItChic.

Factor Models is hosting the second annual Chosen Man’s Best Friend & Factor Felines July 31 at Public Hotel benefiting the Anti-Cruelty Society. Armani Exchange will provide the clothing for the models.

The Hard Rock Hotel will host several events during Lollapalooza August 2-4 including ASOS Rocks, the CK One Music Lounge, the It's So Miami Lounge, and a lobby takeover with daily giveaways.

Standard Market Grill plans to open a Lincoln Park location in August. The casual spot, with ingredients from Standard Market in Westmont, will accommodate 150 guests in the dining room and bar area, and another 20 on the Clark Street patio.

LAS VEGAS:  Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada has added Russell Gardner and Samuel Merritt in the positions of director of craft beer and director of on-premise beer and nonalcoholic beverages, respectively.

As a part of the Venetian and the Palazzo's summer Carnevale celebration, Curtis Stone will be on site this weekend hosting a pop-up restaurant.

LOS ANGELES:  Rita Moreno has been named the 50th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute, the SAG Life Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 20th annual SAG Awards on January 18.

L.A. Weekly: “Jeffrey Deitch, controversial director of MOCA, is parting ways with the contemporary art museum, a source with knowledge of the situation tells the Weekly.”

Aztec Tents’ newest regional account manager is Mike Novosel. 

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Pérez Art Museum Miami, set to open in December, has named Stephen Starr Events as its exclusive restaurateur for its waterfront bistro and special event bookings. Press release:

The Social Club at Kimpton's Surfcomber Hotel has been redesigned. The indoor-outdoor space, which seats 45 and holds 100 for receptions, also launched new food and beverage menus.

NEW YORK:  Paula Deen has dropped out of the 2013 New York City Wine & Food Festival, where she was slated to host a Celebrity Cruises-branded “Classic Comfort Brunch.” Grub Street:

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, which supports Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2013 nominees at its IT Party at XL Nightclub.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Arabian Nights has launched a new show to celebrate its 25th anniversary. “The Royal Celebration” is the venue's first new show in 14 years and includes new costumes and music along with Arabian horses and 12 other breeds.

PITTSBURGH:  Pierce Events will produce a series of grand opening events across the United States for Cinemark USA from August to December, including public as well as V.I.P. events.

TORONTO:  Globe and Mail: “Toronto City Council has put a limit on the expansion of Queen Street West’s foodie culture, passing a bylaw restricting the number of restaurants in the area.”

WASHINGTON:  The event planning software firm Social Tables has closed an equity round of $1.6 million in both converted debt and new cash, with two-thirds of the new money from previous investors. The company also announced additions to its Board of Advisers: PAR Springer-Miller C.E.O. Larry Hall and BizBash founder and C.E.O. David Adler.

Richard Sandoval Restaurants has announced two promotions: Graham Bartlett is the new regional executive chef for the Washington, D.C., area, and Jason Streiff is now chef de cuisine at Zengo.

The National Children’s Museum will have a birthday party for Elmo August 3. The party will celebrate the number three—Elmo's supposed age—with activities including storytime, cake, a sing-along, crafts, and a magician.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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