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Cool kids christen new River Oaks bar at buzzy boss bash

Cool kids christen new River Oaks bar at buzzy boss bash

The Center Bar Kelly King Rese Akers
Kelly King and Rese Akers. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Christina Requena Margarita Fuksman
Christina Requena and Margarita Fuksman. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Leslie Nguyen and Erin Delaney
Leslie Nguyen and Erin Delaney. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Jayme Lamm Andrea Simmons
Jayme Lamm and Andrea Simmons. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Elizabeth Wilkinson Ashley Woodson
Elizabeth Wilkinson and Ashley Woodson. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Rebecca Ratkiewicz, Alexis Stevenson, Natalie Campos Goodman, Angie Dao
Rebecca Ratkiewicz, Alexis Stevenson, Natalie Campos Goodman, and Angie Dao. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Leslie Caldwell, Jill Hernandez, Capri Miller, Terrie Booth
Leslie Caldwell, Jill Hernandez, Capri Miller, and Terrie Booth. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Ba Maria Olivares, Ruben Contreras, Lisset Sandoval
Maria Olivares, Ruben Contreras, and Lisset Sandoval. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Alyssa Henke Molly McMurtry
Alyssa Henke and Molly McMurtry. Photo by Leah Wilson Photography
The Center Bar Kelly King Rese Akers
The Center Bar Christina Requena Margarita Fuksman
The Center Bar Leslie Nguyen and Erin Delaney
The Center Bar Jayme Lamm Andrea Simmons
The Center Bar Elizabeth Wilkinson Ashley Woodson
The Center Bar Rebecca Ratkiewicz, Alexis Stevenson, Natalie Campos Goodman, Angie Dao
The Center Bar Leslie Caldwell, Jill Hernandez, Capri Miller, Terrie Booth
The Center Ba Maria Olivares, Ruben Contreras, Lisset Sandoval
The Center Bar Alyssa Henke Molly McMurtry

What: The Center Bar by Bosscat launch party 

Where: The James luxury apartments 

The scoop: More than 100 residents and guests gathered for the official launch party of The Center Bar by Bosscat, a private, resident-only bar on the ground level of The James luxury apartments in River Oaks.

The newly minted bar had residents of the eight-story, 344-unit mid-rise buzzing as they enjoyed complimentary wine, beer, and specialty cocktails from bar managers Joe Spartz and Edgar Torres. Guests also were treated to light bites, music by DJ Charlee Brown, and an outdoor photo booth as they mingled with the owners of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations and The James’ property management team.

Bosscat, the whiskey hotspot located across the street from The James, recently took over operations of the bar. As part of a new partnership with Stonelake Capital Partners, Bosscat also now oversees The Loft by Bosscat at The James’ next-door neighbor The Ivy. Both bars are open only to residents of the luxury buildings and previously were operated by in-house management. Bosscat co-owner John Reed, a resident of The Ivy, and his team spent the past several weeks redefining the bars with new names, a new look and new food and drink menus.

Who: John Reed, Leslie Nguyen, Tai Nguyen, Peter Petro and Matt Sharp; Stephen and Ruthie MeekLeslie Caldwell, Jill Hernandez, Capri Miller and Terrie BoothJayme LammAndrea Simmons, Molly McMurtry, Alyssa Henke, and James Wilson.