Prive Gets Another 90October 15, 2009 By: Bryan Bass
The Opium Group’s beleaguered Las Vegas outpost, Prive Nightclub, may have finally turned the ship. Last week, Clark County Department of Business Licenses granted the venue another 90-day temporary liquor license, noting that ownership has followed the 11 strict conditions previously set by the board and LVPD.
The renewed, albeit temporary, license will allow the nightclub to continue operating and seems to get the club one step further from this summer’s closure and the $750,000 Nevada Gaming Control Board fine that accompanied it. License director Jacqueline Holloway said during the hearing that the conditions would continue with the temporary license and that the venue was very much still under a watchful eye, but added that the club’s security and ownership team has cracked down on the listed infractions, including serving alcohol to minors and allowing illegal drugs to be purchased and consumed.
The licensing extension takes place while Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials continue their background check on Opium Group and its ownership group, a process that takes up to 18 months to complete. The county traditionally allows businesses to operate under back-to-back 90-day temporary licenses before granting a limited license contingent on the results of Metro’s background check.
Other government agencies also are able to weigh in at that time, leaving open the possibility of a return appearance from the Gaming Control Board, which seems to have shifted its focus to other pool and nightclub venues along The Strip.