About Us

SJS Group is a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates successful food, beverage and nightlife entertainment venues in Singapore.  With over 50 years in the industry creating, launching and operating multiple venues across the globe, SJS Group's Partners Joshua Schwartz and Sarissa Rodriguez-Schwartz bring decades of hospitality experience to the brand portfolio.  After bringing Pangaea Ultra-Lounge to the world stage by making it the "most profitable nightclub per square foot in the world" according to FORBES, the duo stepped out on their own. Today SJS's collection includes Bang Bang Nightclub, Employees Only Singapore, LuLu's Lounge Singapore, Papi's Tacos, and Pasta Bar. The extraordinary success of SJS Group’s brands has established the company as a pre-eminent tastemaker, with a unique ability to launch timeless and destination worthy concepts.

sarissa rodriguez-schwartz

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CEO & Co-Founder

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 businesswoman 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 open Pangaea Ultra-Lounge at the Marina Bay Sands, Sarissa was instrumental in developing, marketing, and operating what became known as an elite global brand.    ​

In 2014 Sarissa 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, Soulja Boy, Ja Rule, and David Beckham to its' party scene.  ​

 In 2016 Sarissa fulfilled a long-time goal of bringing the famed New York cocktail bar Employees Only into Singapore. 

In 2017 SJS Group opened the hottest venue in Singapore to date, LuLu's Lounge.  Revolutionizing the entertainment scene, LuLu's has become Singapore's premier nightlife destination and standard for live entertainment across the region.​

Having launched in July 2018, Papi’s Tacos is a vibrant taqueria reminiscent of the back-alley dining scene of Central Mexico. Papi’s offers a casual setting for lunch and dinner, bringing heartfelt hospitality, honest Mexican fare steeped in tradition and an animated atmosphere. Diners are treated to a fuss-free Mexican spread and passionate service from a kitchen helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Mauricio ‘Papi’ Espinoza, who uses his Mexican heritage to bring to life a simple yet high-quality selection of savory tacos and native dishes. ​

In February 2019, Sarissa unveiled the latest addition to the SJS portfolio - Pasta Bar, an intimate alcove dedicated to the celebration of pasta, seasonal produce and all things Italian. Welcoming guests with a generous dose of heartfelt hospitality, the animated open kitchen and bar is reminiscent of Italy’s laid-back counter culture - an atmospheric, intimate setting for dinner. ​

Sarissa regularly speaks on topics such as effective branding, marketing, Public relations, and Business Development at workshops such as Delegate's 'Women in Business " and the "Women in Sales" mentorship program.  She also is a mentor at the Halogen Foundation and a panel speaker for the HSMAI  Strategy Hotel Conference.​

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.  

Joshua Michael Schwartz

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Co-Founder & Managing Director

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 with Pangaea becoming 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 project's 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 became the leader in the nightlife scene in Singapore. ​

2016 saw Joshua and Sarissa form SJS Group, a hospitality solutions group. 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. 2017 saw SJS Group open the popular LuLu's Lounge.  Known as Singapore's premier nightlife destination, LuLu's sophisticated curation of entertainment and revered service standards have created a mature niche of nightlife goers.​

Having launched in July 2018, Papi’s Tacos is a vibrant taqueria reminiscent of the back-alley dining scene of Central Mexico. Papi’s offers a casual setting for lunch and dinner, bringing heartfelt hospitality, honest Mexican fare steeped in tradition and an animated atmosphere. Diners are treated to a fuss-free Mexican spread and passionate service from a kitchen helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Mauricio ‘Papi’ Espinoza, who uses his Mexican heritage to bring to life a simple yet high-quality selection of savory tacos and native dishes. ​

In February 2019, Joshua and Sarissa unveiled the latest addition to the SJS portfolio - Pasta Bar, an intimate alcove dedicated to the celebration of pasta, seasonal produce and all things Italian. Welcoming guests with a generous dose of heartfelt hospitality, the animated open kitchen and bar is reminiscent of Italy’s laid-back counter culture - an atmospheric, intimate setting for dinner. ​

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.  ​

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EMPLOYEES ONLY SINGAPORE

A LEGITIMATE PLACE FOR ILLIGITIMATE PEOPLE

 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. 

www.employeesonlysg.com


112 Amoy Street

Singapore

Bang bang nightclub

RECKLESS ABANDONMENT

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.

www.bangbangclub.sg


7 Raffles Blvd

Pan Pacific Hotel

Singapore

lulu's lounge

BURLESQUE, BOYLESQUE, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, JAZZ LOUNGE

Named after its fictional owner, Lulu's is an intriguing innovation to nightlife in Singapore. Carefully curated entertainment coupled with unexpected design changes in the venue's interior throughout the evening creates an evolving, proactive experience.Offering early-hour Jazz, playful twists on classic cocktails and light bar snacks, guests can expect all the characteristics of a 1960's New York backstreet club. With burlesque star guests and retro DJ performances from internationally acclaimed names, live acoustics and personal hospitality, LuLu's guests can enjoy inconspicuous post-dinner drinks or let their hair down and dance into the early hours.

www.lulus.sg


 Pan Pacific Hotel

7 Raffles Blvd

Singapore

PASTA BAR SINGAPORE

Nothing is more Italian or more satisfactory to eat than a bowl of pasta. Known across Italy as “piatto unico” or “a complete meal” pasta has become a symbol of the Italian way of life – a symbol of family and friends gathering around the table to share, laugh, eat and create memories.  At its simplest, pasta is a basic combination of flour and water but in reality, it is much more than that. Pasta and pasta making is deeply rooted in history, tradition and regionality and the recipes and techniques to make pasta vary from city to city, town to town, family to family.   Drawing on the traditions and techniques of his ancestors, chef Alessandro draws on family recipes, handed down through the generations, to bring you dishes that reflect the regionality and diversity of Italy. Each and every one of our pasta shapes is handmade daily using a variety of semolina and ‘00’ flours combined with whole egg, egg yolks and water or a varying combination of these ingredients depending on the required texture, bite and intended use of the pasta, providing a different eating experience with every dish. We hope this gives you a taste of the love, passion and effort that goes into bringing you these pasta dishes and we look forward to welcoming you to our table, where you can create your own memories over a bowl of pasta just like millions of Italians do daily. 

Buon Appetito

www.pastabar.sg

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Papi's Tacos

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Reflecting the informal street dining culture of Central Mexico, Papi’s Tacosrepresents the long-awaited arrival of authentic, fuss-free Mexican fare in the Lion City.

Along with a convivial atmosphere and honest food steeped in tradition, diners are welcomed with heartfelt hospitality from a kitchen helmed by Head Chef and Partner, Mauricio Espinoza. Mauricio (or Papi, as we like to call him), hails from the small town of Papalotla, Mexico and brings his heritage to an array of simple, yet mouthwatering tacos and native dishes. And because notaqueria is complete without the requisite selection of high-quality tequilas, guests are treated to a straightforward menu of bebidas and refreshing margaritas from the gurus behind the legendary cocktail bar Employees Only.

Papi’s Tacos is open all day for walk-ins and available for catering + private events. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner, happy hour, a midday margarita, or late night taco, Papi has a seat for you!


www.papis-tacos.com

press

"There’s that La La Land feel to Lulu’s, a jazz lounge inspired by cocktail bars in New York."- Epicure

"The two New York natives make a damn good team. Both are the founders and managing directors of SJS Group, a Singapore and Hong Kong-based restaurant and nightlife development company. They’re responsible for establishing familiar hotspots such as Bang Bang, Employees Only, and the upcoming late night live lounge, Lulu’s. Given their success, it would be fair to assume the duo were both passionate about nightlife from the get-go."- LifeStyle Asia

"Based out of Singapore for nearly seven years now, American entrepreneurs Josh and Sarissa Schwartz are fast building one of Southeast Asia’s leading upmarket nightlife groups. Though glamorous décor, extravagant bottle service and handcrafted cocktails are central to their venues’ offerings, the Schwartzes say it’s mostly good ol’ fashioned hospitality that has secured their nightspots a loyal, affluent following."- Forbes Asia

"Are we surprised that Joshua and Sarissa Schwartz, natives of the City that Never Sleeps, have launched a lounge where guests can chill or boogie till the crack of dawn? The couple dreamed up Lulu's, a “frivolous, sexy and quirky” live lounge that opens this April at Pan Pacific Hotel, around the fancies of its fictional owner Lulu, a hard-drinking good-time girl born and raised in the Bronx. Classic art deco meets 1960s graffitied underground bar, it's lined with cosy banquetted nooks interspersed with display walls that highlight Lulu's chintzy accessories and kitschy dresser-uppers including coloured wigs."- L'Officiel 

“If an aging but still very classy socialite recently divorced with millions ever opened up her idea of a bar to entertain friends in her illustrious power circle, Lulu’s Lounge is it.”- Spirited SG

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