MONACO ( TheStreet) -- Until last year, Monte Carlo nightlife had to take a back seat to the summertime parties at Jimmy'z, VIP Room and Les Caves du Roy in St. Tropez.What seems like a logical epicenter for high-flying nightlife, given the concentration of celebrity residents and even royalty, Monte Carlo's showy Vegas-style nightclubs never quite measured up to their French competition. But that was last year, before The Black Legend Monaco landed on the scene and transplanted the panache of St. Tropez nightlife smack dab in the middle of one of the world's most picturesque yacht harbors. The man behind The Black Legend is Antoine Chevanne, the bachelor CEO of Paris-based Groupe Floirat, who has expanded the resort empire begun by his grandfather with Le Byblos St. Tropez in 1968. He added a luxury boutique hotel arm with the La Reserve Saint-Jean-de-Luz last year and the Les Manoirs de Tourgeville in Normandy this past spring. The Black Legend Monaco is the company's first step in expanding the nightclub brand that includes Les Caves du Roy, the most successful summertime club on the French Riviera for more than three decades. "A tribute to the history of iconic black performers that have emerged from Motown," Chevanne explains, "The Black Legend is a mix of supper club, restaurant, stage show and VIP hideaway in the middle of the prettiest part of Monaco." Not attached to a hotel or resort, The Black Legend is truly a new concept for Groupe Floirat and Monaco, and its construction quickly became a talking point for Monte Carlo locals. In a city that falls asleep early, they were intrigued at the scale of the project and the ambitions of well-known Chevanne. But the space seems to keep its style a secret, showing only double doors and a tiled-stone facade emblazoned with the Black Legend logo.
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