Warne to enter nightclub business

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 12:12 PM IST

Melbourne: Former Australian spinner Shane Warne is reportedly foraying into the nightclub industry along with football player Dermott Brereton in Melbourne, Sydney and India.

A newspaper reported that Warne and Hawthorn Premiership player Brereton were part of a consortium that will pay 3.5 million Australian dollars for a share in the club Silk Road located in the Melbourne`s central business district (CBD).

The deal is expected to be settled next week.

The site is owned by hospitality entrepreneur Nick Zampelis, who sold a 30 per cent stake to Warne and Brereton and property developer Mark Casey and former manager of Crown Casino`s now defunct Heat nightclub, Robert Bottazzi.

The lavish club is in the heritage-listed former Shakespeare Hotel building on Collins Street and includes eight bars and several themed restaurants that cater to almost 1000 patrons.

Silk Road is a favoured haunt of celebrities and stockbrokers.

It has been learnt that Warne and Brereton also plan to change the name of the venue`s private rooms to Club 23, after the number they both wore in their respective sports.

A representative of the pair had made approaches to more than 10 other venues, including the Marquee in South Melbourne, St Kilda`s One Fitzroy Street and the former Barcode nightclub on King Street.

Asked about his plans yesterday, Brereton said, "Not that I`m not looking at something but ... that is wildly inaccurate. From the bottom of my heart, there is no deal."