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Prime Fish luring stars; Sir Branson auctions off a seat in outer space

From left: Dr. Alex Powell, Lady Joan Branson, Richard Branson, Dr. Barry Katzen, at a charity event Thursday for Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
From left: Dr. Alex Powell, Lady Joan Branson, Richard Branson, Dr. Barry Katzen, at a charity event Thursday for Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

Before its official opening slated for later this week, stars have descended on Myles Chefetz’s latest south of Fifth restaurant, Prime Fish. First up, Miami Heat player Shane Battier, who celebrated Valentine’s Day there with a group of four. Seen there on Saturday separately were music mogul Clive Davis, and director John Singleton. Davis was originally scheduled to dine at his usual fave, Prime 112, but was excited to preview the new restaurant. Also in the house were NFL great Nick Buoniconti, singer Christian Acosta, Today show correspondent Jill Martin and co-chief executive of Boca Raton-based Sun Capital Partners Inc., Marc Leder.

Placido Domingo also spent the weekend at the JW Marriott Marquis with his son Alvaro; they dined at db Bistro Moderne.

Actor Paul Wesley from The Vampire Diaries had a romantic, low-key dinner with former costar Phoebe Tonkin Sunday at Meat Market.

Director-producer Sofia Coppola was spotted having dinner Sunday with Phoenix guitarist Christian Mazzalai and another friend at Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel.

Liza Minnelli, here for her show at the Broward Center, was seen Sunday night in the lobby elevator of the W Fort Lauderdale sans wheelchair, says our spy. Also seen there, albeit separately, was Deepak Chopra.

Oscar de la Renta was spotted at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, where according to our sources, he was staying in the presidential suite. The designer was in town to support the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Designed for a Cure event.

Italian pop singers Gigi D’Alessio and Anna Tatangel dined Thursday at Caffe Abbracci with a large group.

Sir Richard Branson and his wife Lady Joan were at a charity event Thursday for Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The doctors performed a life-saving treatment for Lady Joan, who returned to South Florida with her husband to help raise money for the Institute's $100 million building expansion. In appreciation, Sir Richard made available a seat on a flight to outer space on Virgin Galactic that was auctioned for $300,000.

Hip hop artist Wale packed them in at SL Miami at The James Royal Palm. In the audience: Cleveland Browns players Joe Haden, Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Josh Freeman, who were seen guzzling bottles of Dom Perignon. Also spotted was San Francisco 49er Donte Whitner, who stood on a banquette while Wale performed.

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