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Jay-Z to open a club in Atlanta?

Jay-Z stopped by to see Mayor Kasim Reed this week. The rapper is looking at opening a sports club here, we're told.

Jay-Z stopped by to see Mayor Kasim Reed this week. The rapper is looking at opening a sports club here, we're told. Photo by J Glenn Photography LLC

Looks like Jay-Z – rapper, businessman, and husband of Beyonce – is considering opening a sports club in Atlanta, at the airport. Things are still in the planning stages, we’re told.

The Web site for his New York-based 40/40 Club gives a few hints. Namely, Atlanta is one of the cities listed on the site, which details plans to expand in cities including Chicago, Dallas and Las Vegas.

“Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service, has entered into an agreement with Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club that will bring the exclusive sports bar concept to select airports across the United States,” a news release on the site reads.

The  concept would “give travelers access to the elite, modern sports bar to watch the game of their choice in an opulent lounge setting, all without leaving the airport,” it reads.

The original 40/40 Club in Manhattan is owned by Jay-Z and partners Juan and Desiree Perez. The club’s name refers to baseball players who achieve 40 home runs and steals 40 bases in a single season; players Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Canseco and Alfonso Soriano all have jerseys hanging in the New York City club. The original club is slated to shut down for renovation this spring; there’s another location in Atlantic City, N.J.

Jay-Z stopped by Atlanta for a quick visit this week. Here’s a photo of him with Mayor Kasim Reed and Young Jeezy. We’re working on getting more details about the planned club.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

98 comments Add your comment

Steve

February 3rd, 2011
11:51 am

He must have wanted to see Jeezy’s ice cream cone face tattoo in person…

Steve

February 3rd, 2011
11:52 am

whoops, nm thats gucci…

Check name

February 3rd, 2011
11:53 am

3 of 4 players are accused of using steroids. He might want to change the name of his club to 40/40 Cheaters

Kenya

February 3rd, 2011
11:54 am

@Steve – wrong rapper…..Gucci Mane has the ice cream face tattoo – LOL

iamraesta@twitter

February 3rd, 2011
11:56 am

iamraesta@twitter for the best convo…hit me up…Its a good move for jigga ATL has the world’s busiest airports and often full of delays …so a great move ..$$$

http://www.twitter.com/iamraesta

Debbie

February 3rd, 2011
12:02 pm

It appears as though Jay-Z is creating more jobs for the ATL! Good move and sensational strategies in the making! Keep doing what you’re doing Jay-Z.

Debbie MPA

Tyrone Biggums

February 3rd, 2011
12:05 pm

I went to the 40/40 location in Manhattan years back. My friend and I were just drinking in there on a random Sat afternoon, and Jay Z walked in and sat at the bar with us. Really nice guy, we all hung out and watched sports for a couple of hours. We didn’t annoy him with autograph requests or pictures, so I think he appreciated that.

JoeV

February 3rd, 2011
12:12 pm

Believe he already had a failed club here in ATL a few years back…Vision, I think?

blaze

February 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm

Great! Another sports bar in Atlanta, cause we don’t have enough of those…good thing you have to go through metal detctors at the airport. This will cut down the pat downs at the “sports bar”

bigeasy830

February 3rd, 2011
12:14 pm

Now what does that mean if it is built, well first of all let me tell you I am a 40 year old African American male. So, what I am about to say is not racial nor cultral bias based but age based, The young people will go there claiming to be ballers, They are all lying, They will start shooting and killing each other and the club will be closed within 2yrs.

Michael

February 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

Why not build something that would support young people under 17. That would be such a waste of money.

T.O

February 3rd, 2011
12:22 pm

New sports bar at the Airport…..Bring it on!

Ron

February 3rd, 2011
12:25 pm

Well at least security checks guns at the main terminal so we won’t have to worry about the brothas carrying their guns to “da club” like they do at black clubs in Atlanta. Worthless people.

Learn to read

February 3rd, 2011
12:27 pm

bigeasy830-

Did you miss the whole part about how it will be INSIDE the airport?

skizzo

February 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

Good Job Kasim Reed,

Way to spend valuable time. Is it me or is Kasim Reed more into the celebrety of running a city than actually doing his job…..

eyes-wide

February 3rd, 2011
12:31 pm

@bigeasy830, no matter your race or sex, the comment was still bigotry at it’s finest.

eyes-wide

February 3rd, 2011
12:33 pm

@skizzo, it’s just you. Bringing jobs and revenue to the city is part of being a mayor genius.

Light

February 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Yea I Said It

February 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

I dont support Devil worshipers, and thats what Jay Z is.. NO matter how much money he makes or how high of a pedestal society puts him on… Also, SKIZZO is right about Kasim Reed.. I mean, its obvious about his celebrity.. Sure he is a DL brutha on the low, he likes menz’s… lol.

E-Roll

February 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

I love how some people just get on here to spew racial hatred. Since you missed it in the article let me post it again. “give travelers access to the elite, modern sports bar to watch the game of their choice in an opulent lounge setting, all without leaving the airport,” which means is you don’t have a airline ticket to get pass the T.S.A. security check in then you will not have access to this location. Some of you are really sad, please come out of your little worlds and explore the real one where people of all races are not attacking each other at the drop of a dime.

KJ

February 3rd, 2011
12:42 pm

@JoeV – Jay-Z never owned Visions, please do your research.
@Michael – why don’t YOU do something to support young people under 17 and stop trying to tell someone else how to spend their money.
@Melly – if he is creating jobs then he is welcome to Atlanta considering the unemployment rate is over 10%. How many jobs have you created these days?

It is amazing that so many people have great ideas in regards to what someone else needs to do but they never do anything themselves and the BEST they can do is to post a comment in the AJC to complain but NEVER do anything about it.

Pryncess

February 3rd, 2011
12:50 pm

Who cares?!? and yes… I’m black.

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DUB

February 3rd, 2011
12:56 pm

Thugs are Thugs.. Rich Thugs, Poor Thugs, Cop Thugs, Political Thugs, Preacher Thugs, White Thugs,Black Thugs, Hispanic Thugs, Mexican Thugs, Female Thugs, Male Thugs, Teenage Thugs, Teacher Thugs, Hospital Thugs, Wall Street Thugs.. etc get my point???? Stop putting all Rappers on blast with the thug label. Besides how many thugs you know that are worth a $$$BILL? GAME RECOGNIZES GAME(THUG)

Tunrt_UP!

February 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

@KJ – you have just described the hater’s way of life to a capital “T”
It’s always those who have nothing, and do nothing that have all the ideas for how people who have and do.
The other obvious thing about blogs is that it seems like many read an article to discover if there is an African American in the story, so that they can unleash their bigoted one-size-fits-all opinions on the rest of us, no matter sports, politics, education, etc.
Saying that because Jay-Z opens a sports bar means that there will be shootings in the airport by blacks, is like saying that if Ashton Kuchar opens up a club there will be trailer-park, meth-fiending, tobacco-spitting rednecks two-stepping all over the bar.
It’s unfair and you simply can’t get there from here…

blkshepherd

February 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

To Pryncess: Who asked you?? Its obvious you DO CARE or you wouldnt have commented. and yes..I’m black too. As if that makes a Rats azz difference..duhh..rolling eyes

JoeV

February 3rd, 2011
1:02 pm

@KJ

How exactly can I do that research? Am I supposed to head down to City Hall and pull the tax records on the property? Jesus. He had something to do with the club; even if it wasn’t ownership. I was at the press opening.

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DUB

February 3rd, 2011
1:07 pm

JOBS CREATED!!!! ENOUGH SAID…

DW

February 3rd, 2011
1:07 pm

@skizzo-Have you missed the news lately? Mayor Reed has been a major player in the APS board fiasco and the Port of Savannah talk. I was skeptical of the mayor at first, but he has won me over. He’s a great leader for the capital city.

bill

February 3rd, 2011
1:08 pm

Why not at midtown? Why all the way by the airport?

“Find thousands of new jobs in Atlanta now on http://www.careerDaddy.com

CHARLES

February 3rd, 2011
1:08 pm

where's Mary?

February 3rd, 2011
1:08 pm

i agree skizzo, Kasim Reed needs to distance himself from the entertainment industry and focus more on APS and those six snow plows sitting in the repair shop if he wants to get a second term.

JiMi

February 3rd, 2011
1:09 pm

…pssst, JayZ! there’s a spot on Peachtree called Vision 2 that you might be interested in takin’ over!

Bryan

February 3rd, 2011
1:11 pm

These racist need to stay off AJC and go back to the hole you crawled out of. I’m talking to the black racist to against their own people. Bottom line is the man is rich and he didn’t just get there from doing music. So as a business man he must be doing something right. Obviously, none of the people on this blog (including me) are rich to that extent. Two, he is not opening a “Thug Club” at the airport. That was just dumb for anyone to think. He is catering to the business professionals that travel through the world’s busiest airport. That is money all day!!

As far as Mayor Reed, he is doing a great job. Crime rate has gone down, the murder rate has gone down, and unemployment is unfortunately high because of a little thing called … THE RECESSION!! I’m also glad that he is in support of changing the 2012 tax to help fund MARTA so Atlanta can have a world class transit system here.

Bottom line Atlanta is a BLACK city for young Blacks professionals. There is also a large number of professionals of all kind. Sorry to say every city has it’s poor areas and folks that are going to act a fool and bring a city down a little but over all Atlanta is a great city. Again, if you don’t like young Blacks then stay in your whole out in rural Georgia. Leave ATL and the metro area for movers and shakers and people of ALL KINDS to help ATL stay the King of the South.

T.I. keep your head up.

Pryncess

February 3rd, 2011
1:11 pm

And who asked you blkshepherd?? Miss me with that. And what I DO care about is real news… like what type of effect this would have on the city’s economy… so again, miss me with that! ROLLING MY EYES BACK

Generational Wealth!

February 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Do what you do Jay-Z. On a personal note, I’m long the market and shorting the B$.

Gamblin' Man

February 3rd, 2011
1:36 pm

What is the over-under on how long it takes for someone to get shot outside Jay-Z’s new Atlanta club?

How about inside?

Generational Wealth!

February 3rd, 2011
1:36 pm

Truth Hurts!

February 3rd, 2011
1:44 pm

I hope some of these people posting here get some joy in their lives. So much bitterness, self-hate and underlying racism. I can name so many other endeavors in Atlanta that bring so much more harm than a sports bar. Any new source of revenue is great. If foreigners can make billions off of us, why not Jay-Z? Capitalism!

jqm

February 3rd, 2011
1:46 pm

@ Its Thursday

Ask forbes magazine why he is considered a savvy businessman.

Readthinkthencomment

February 3rd, 2011
1:56 pm

The club is inside the airport. If anyone gets shot, we should blame TSA not Jay-Z.

Is it just me or is THUG the PC way to say the n-word? Just think about who was being described the last few times you have heard the word thug used as an adjective.

Bwana

February 3rd, 2011
1:56 pm

Good for him. The rest of us couldn’t get a business in the Airport if we tried…that thing is sewn up pretty tight and one has to partner with the right people to get something open there… Like one of Shirley Girl’s relatives or Maynard Franklin’s relatives, etc.etc. Pretty smart to put it there. If i was traveling through, and had an hour or two layover, that’s where i’m headed or the crown room. No where else to go. Captive customers in the airport. It will create jobs, and bring in some tax money too.

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BOO GOT SHOT!

February 3rd, 2011
2:06 pm

Aside from “Just Keepin’ It Real, Dog!” and “Where you at?” spoken inaudibly, can you guess what phrase will be most commonly heard in this club?

WDE

February 3rd, 2011
2:12 pm

WTF is our mayor doing hanging out with rappers, one of which is not shy at all to rap about cocaine?

What a joke.

Rob

February 3rd, 2011
2:12 pm

I’m guessing 5 shootings within the first 6 months of opening. Just a prediction.

WDE

February 3rd, 2011
2:16 pm

And for people dumb enough to say he’s doing his job “attracting jobs’. You know what the net impact of this sportsclub is in terms of job? Practically nothing in terms of total employment when you consider how big our city is.

He’s just showboating and showing how ‘hip’ he is.

MJ

February 3rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Many of the comments that I am reading have to be made by some of the most ignorant people around…..I’m embarrassed to live in a city with such hateful people. It’s a good thing that you can hide behind your comments, because I guarantee that most of you wouldn’t make these comments if that were not the case. Bunch of HATERS!