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Vegas’ Prive Closed After Penalties

July 29, 2009


Las Vegas’ Prive, which had been operating under a temporary liquor license since opening, was forced to close its doors July 28 because of “the failure to abide by the duties of a liquor licensee as set forth under Clark County Code 8.20.465.” This sentiment was echoed on record by license director Jacqueline Holloway, who added, “The evidence of improper management oversight and disregard for the duties of the licensee is overwhelming and points to only one decision: denial of a liquor license.” She went on to note that holding a liquor license is a privilege and there are responsibilities that come with that privilege.

The revocation comes after the Gaming Control Board filed formal complaints against Planet Hollywood, Prive’s landlord. The complaints, which led to a $750,000 fine, include removing and dumping inebriated patrons unattended in the casino, overconsumption by patrons, admitting minors, physically and sexually assaulting customers, hiring people with criminal records and turning a closed eye to topless/lewd activity and drug use within the club. The Gaming Control Board held Planet Hollywood responsible for these complaints and levied a $500,000 fine, with a stipulation that an additional $250,000 fine would be waived if no further complaints were received within the next calendar year. Read a copy of the actual complaint by clicking here.

The club, operated by Miami’s Opium Group, can appeal the liquor license decision within the next 30 days but would have to remain closed during the appeal process. The core investors of the nightclub, including former Mandalay Bay magnate Billy Richardson Sr., still have yet to be heard from, and they seem to have a decision on their hands. According to sources, their deal with Planet Hollywood gives them first right of refusal on the nightclub space should Prive be forced to leave the premises. A source from within the Opium Group also indicated that the large amount of media outlets pushing the demise of Prive might be in for a surprise. The source was adamant the venue would remain open but would not comment on the specifics of how Prive would obtain a liquor license or whose liquor license they would attempt to use.

For the full story from Nightclub & Bar’s e-newsletter Nightclub Confidential, click here.


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