The club was first launched in Chicago in 1987; eventually the concept spread and there were 40 Baja Beach Clubs in Europe and the U.S. at the company's peak.
Now, the club is relaunching in Boca Raton -- specifically in the 12,000 square-foot space where Club Boca used to live. A new incarnation of Baja Beach Club is set to re-open October 5 -- and judging by the turnout at a job fair held on two different days, people are amped about it.
Spokeswoman Kathleen Duda tells Clean Plate Charlie that more than 600 people showed up looking for jobs. "There were a few [women applying in] bikinis," she said. "One person came with a surfboard."
Spatz says he was basically in retirement the past decade or so, running a non-profit called Children of Heroes, but then, "I got the calling," to bring Baja back, he jokes.
What's changed in the past 25 years? Apparently, not much. The club is still aiming for the same high-energy vibe that kept mid-90s party-goers stumbling back for more.
Duda says they've been looking for "high-energy people who know how to start a party and ride it out until the end. We're not looking for people to sing and dance, but you need to know how to drive the fun." Though they got plenty of applications for open positions -- bartenders, beer tub girls, djs, porters, barbacks, security, dancers, shot girls, light techs, and more -- she said stragglers can go through the Baja Boca website if they still want to apply. Promising candidates are being called back for an audition next week. They might have to lip synch, dance on a surfboard, tell a funny story, or do a teambuilding activity.
The club is located at Baja Beach Club. 7000 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. We suggest you pull out your party pants.
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