Nightlife

Sources Say Opium Group Moving in on Mokai, One Step Closer to South Beach Monopoly

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​Well it isn't exactly news that Mokai "closed for renovations" -- code word usually for closed for good -- a few weeks ago. Well, Talk Nightlife reports that a source claims Opium Group has signed a letter of intent for Mokai. Although it says "nothing concrete," we wouldn't exactly be surprised of the news considering the company recently took ownership of Cameo, a mega-club hardly a block away from its "most-beloved club" Mansion.

Much like the Cameo and Mansion proximity, if the rumor turns out to be true, Mokai's location is close to both Louis at the Gansevoort South and Wall Lounge located inside the W South Beach.

But what does this mean for South Beach? One Talk Nightlife poster says, "Might as well toss up a rope and a Frenchman on the MacArthur and Venetian Causeways and be done with it." The theory isn't too far fetched honestly. With one company controlling the vast majority of nightclubs this could turn South Beach into a homogeneous clubland of excess and bottle service, something that its arguably already become.

There is no denying you've done a lot for the area Opium Group, but how about we leave some for the rest?

We've emailed the company asking them to confirm the news but at this time haven't received a response.

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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as MiamiNights.com and OnBeat.com. He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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