A nightclub proprietor in New Orleans, Billy Blatty owned and operated Club Ampersand from 2000 to 2014. Named one of the top 100 Bars & Clubs three times by Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Club Ampersand hosted such well-known performers as Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Skrillex, and Lil Wayne. Billy Blatty was also a partner in Ampersand Events, a marketing and stage production company that rents nightclubs or concert venues for concerts with audiences as large as 12,000.
During his time with Club Ampersand, Mr. Blatty developed and opened Ohm Lounge in New Orleans, a bar and restaurant inspired by artisanal cocktail lounges and Asian sake bars. In addition to personally designing the space, he handled menu creation and brand development for the lounge.
Billy Blatty attended Tulane University, from which he attained a bachelor of science in psychology with cum laude honors in 1999. Apart from his work in the restaurant industry, Mr. Blatty enjoys extreme skiing, table tennis, and competing in car rallies. In 2013 and 2014, he won the Bullrun, a 3,500-mile car rally that requires advanced navigational skills. With the addition of his 2nd place in 2012, Blatty is the most winningest Bullrunner of all time.