SJS Group is a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates successful food, beverage and nightlife entertainment venues in the Singapore and Hong Kong. With over twenty-five years in the industry creating, launching and operating multiple venues across the globe, SJS Group's Partners Joshua Schwartz and Sarissa Rodriguez bring decades of hospitality experience to the brand portfolio. Its collection includes Bang Bang Nightclub, Employees Only Singapore, Employees Only Hong Kong (June 2017), Privé Clarke Quay and LuLu's Lounge Singapore (April 2017).
The son of a chef, Joshua grew up in some of the top kitchens in New York. He has worked his way up the ladder holding every position in every facet of the business honing his unique management style, creative vision and training programs.
With over 25 years in the food and beverage industry, Joshua has worked with some of the top operators in New York and Miami turning their vision into successful nightclubs, bars, restaurants and hotels. Working with the likes of Keith McNally of Balthazar fame, Andre Balaz of the Standard Hotel, and Eric Goode of The Park and the Maritime Hotel to name a few.
Joshua moved to Asia in 2011 as the Director of Worldwide Operations for the Pangaea Group. He was tasked with the growth and expansion of the brand. Launching the Singapore outlet , he was able to bring the western boutique nightclub into the Asian market with tremendous success withPangaea became the highest grossing nightclub per square foot in the world. Joshua then went on to spearhead the growth of the brand in New Delhi and Manila before leaving the group in 2014.
Joshua has extensive experience in conceptualizing, coordinating and opening international food and beverage outlets. Having opened several concepts in Singapore, India and The Philippines, Joshua has proven his ability to adapt to a local market and taste while still staying true to the projects original intention. In 2014 Joshua along with his wife and partner Sarissa opened Bang Bang Nightclub at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore. A western style nightclub, Bang Bang has enjoyed amazing success and become the leader in the nightlife scene in Singapore.
2016 saw Joshua and Sarissa form SJS Group, a hospitality solutions group. The group partnered with The Privé Group on the opening of a live music and all-day dining concept in Clarke Quay called Privé Clarke Quay. 2016 also saw the fruition of a long time dream of Joshua as SJS group partnered with the famous cocktail bar from New York, Employees Only to launch Employees Only Singapore. Having known and trained the founders of the brand over 20 years ago, Employees Only Singapore has been a labor of love for Joshua and a major success in Singapore. SJS Group will be expanding the Employees Only brand to Hong Kong in June of 2017.
Joshua holds many accolades and certificates including Beefeater Gin Best Bartender in America 1998 and a Certification from the American Sommelier Association. Joshua prides himself on bringing 5 star service and a sense of fun and exploration to all his projects.
Sarissa recognized her passion for Food & Beverage and Hospitality early in her career path. While studying International Business at George Washington University, she took a job as a waitress at a trendy restaurant in Washington D.C. She instantly fell in love with the industry and upon graduating choose to pursue a path in F&B, using the knowledge she learned at University.
She has the know how to look at the industry through the shrewd eye of a businesswomen and the experience of working her way through multiple front of house positions. Since arriving in Singapore in 2011, Sarissa has become one of the most influential and recognizable players in Singapore nightlife. Originally brought from New York to curate the VIP program of Pangaea Ultra-Lounge at the Marina Bay Sands, Sarissa was instrumental in developing, marketing, and operating what became known as an elite global brand. Through her contacts and database, Sarissa helped build Pangaea to the highest grossing nightclub in the world per square foot, and achieve international publicity through well-crafted PR and marketing efforts. She was instrumental to growing the concept into one of the most prestigious brands in nightlife. While part of the group, Sarissa helped to launch Pangaea branches in New Delhi and Manila.
In 2014 Sarissa with her husband Joshua launched Bang Bang Nightclub, which has garnered a reputation for being one of the trendiest and most successful nightlife destinations in Asia. Bang Bang regularly brings in top entertainment acts and continuously attracts celebrities such as LMFAO, Fabolous, Black Eyed Peas, Gordon Ramsey, and David Beckham to its party scene.
In 2016 Sarissa and her husband, fulfilled a long time goal of bringing the famed New York cocktail bar Employees Only into Singapore. As a partner in the project, the success of the Singapore outlet is much to the credit of Sarissa’s vision and crowd cureation. Bringing the right people into the right venue is something she prides herself on. 2016 also saw Sarissa partner with The Privé Group on the opening of a live music and all-day dining concept in Clarke Quay. Sarissa’s vision for Privé Clarke Quay is one of interactive entertainment. She has been able to use her creativity to create a successful offering unlike any other in the area.
Now a fixture in the Singapore Food & Beverage and Entertainment scene, Sarissa consistently keeps a close eye on market trends to bring fresh concepts to the Singapore landscape. With her keen eye, expertise, and 65,000 person database Sarissa is a key figure in SJS Group as Managing Director and Co-Founder of the group.
Employees Only Singapore offers flawlessly executed cocktails and modern American fare on Amoy Street in Chinatown. Hailed as one of the original forebears of the craft cocktail movement in America, the original speakeasy in New York City was opened by five industry friends in 2004. Their approach to hospitality merges cocktail culture with dining, in a beautiful setting without pretense where patrons can enjoy themselves. From relaxing pre-prandials to dinner, then late night tipples and supper, the venue buzzes until closing time, when the last revellers are served the EO signature cup of chicken soup.
In addition to a world class bar program whose acceptance is coveted by aspiring bartenders around the glove, Employees Only has gained a voracious and loyal following for their esteemed New American fare, distinguished by subtle Eastern European touches that pay homage to executive chef Julia Jaksic's Croatian heritage.
The bar has created industry classics out of its pioneering drink list, including Ginger Smash, the Amelia, and their twist on the Manhattan. Meanwhile, the kitchen continues to serve dedicated favorites like its Hand Cut Steak Tartare, Bone Marrow Poppers, and Skate Paprikas.
Reflecting an old world vibe through its art deco inspired aesthetics, Employees Only Singapore is curiously tucked behind a fortune teller's liar. Upon arrival past this mysterious foyer, guests revel around a sensual curving bar and throughout the back dining area.
Gunning down conventional ways of looking at high-end merrymaking, BANG BANG is a refreshing alternative to your typical party destination. Bringing back the fun to nightlife, you can expect all the familiar traits of a world-class nightclub including top-notch service for the nightclub savvy and sophisticated, but in an environment focused on crazy, over-the-top antics and high-energy sound.
Housed in a 5,000 square foot venue at the 5 Star Pan Pacific Hotel located at Marina Bay, BANG BANG draws it’s inspiration from the world’s top high-energy nightclubs and brings it into an intimate setting with a capacity of 400 revelers.
Attracting the likes of a-listers such as gordon ramsey, joseph schooling, omarion, fabolous, will-i-am, and lmfao to its' party scene, bang bang has garnered a reputation for being among the trendiest and most successful nightlife destinations in asia.
At the helm of the kitchen is Group Executive Head Chef Robin Ho, who has crafted a very approachable all-day food menu that reflects the quality and simplicity that have become cornerstones of the Privé brand. From all-day breakfast classics to hearty mains and decadent desserts, Privé Clarke Quay satisfies at any time of the day or night.
Comfortable outdoor seating puts you in the heart of Clarke Quay and is the perfect spot for people watching while you enjoy your food and drinks. Step inside and relax in the seated area or hang out at our large U-shaped communal bar area where you can sample the extensive vodka list curated from all over the world. If beer is more your thing, you can order a Privé µ-keg delivered directly to your table.
As the night progresses, the atmosphere at Prive CQ steadily gains momentum. The high-energy live band which has been belting out all your favourite songs from the stage is now taken over by a DJ who quickly pumps up the energy so you can dance the night away. Enjoy a world-class nightclub feel equipped with state of the art sound and lighting, without the pretentiousness of a typical nightclub.