County Commission grants Privé a 30-day temporary license

Prive in Planet Hollywood.
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Acting in its capacity as the county Liquor and Gaming Board, the County Commission today approved the granting of a 30-day temporary license to Privé nightclub by the department of business license, with the provisions that Privé adhere to the 11-point memo of conditions that department of business license director Jacqueline Holloway issued yesterday as well tacking on the condition that that the matter be added to the agenda of the next regular joint meeting of the Clark County board of commissioners on September 1 for further discussion.

Among the list of Holloway’s 11 conditions, the department of business license requires that state gaming, business license and Metro unobstructed access to the nightclub; that all serious incident reports be faxed to the department within 24 hours of an incident; that patrons be restricted from access to the kitchen area, security surveillance area and the stripper poles; and that former directors Greg Jarmolowich and Frank Tucker shall have “no involvement in the management or operations of Privé or the Living Room nightclubs.”

Many of the questions raised by the commissioners could not be answered due to lack of representation by Planet Hollywood, Privé’s landlord. In addition, Metro representatives raised questions about the fact that applicant for key employee David Hicks worked under prior Privé management, and relayed the information that another of the applicants—either Orlando Oquendo or Jim Reding—may have also at one point have worked for Privé.

In addition to Privé attorney Jay H. Brown, new Privé Vegas, LLC partners Mitchell Rubinson and Roman Jones of Miami were in attendance to attest to the fact that former managing partner Justin Levine has stepped down and no longer has connection to or a revenue stream originating from any Opium Group entity.

The vast accumulation of unanswered questions led to a motion to substitute Holloway’s suggestion of a 90-day license with the 30-day temporary instead, and to remove further discussion to the next meeting, which carried unanimously with the exception that Commission Chairman Rory Reid abstained from the vote, disclosing that someone within his law firm did work with Privé.


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