Monday, April 5, 2010 | 1:56 p.m.
You may have seen the Hard Rock Hotel's director of nightlife operations before — just not perhaps in the most flattering light. New York native Matt Minichino was portrayed as the irascible pool manager in truTV's reality series "Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel." And although he admits to being a very on-the-move, intense presence, sitting across from me in Vanity nightclub, he comes across as a genuinely nice guy. Really.
"Coming to work is fun for me," he said. "I sat down the other day and I laughed because it was my year anniversary at the Hard Rock, and I thought about it, and I took three days off all year."
One of those days, he says, was for his brother's wedding, which occurred over Memorial Day weekend. Had it been someone else, Minichino says he probably would have skipped it to man the ship at Rehab during the first big holiday of the pool season. This year, he's looking forward to maintaining the status of the longest-running pool party in the city by bringing in guest DJs and live performances, and helping the hotel throw what he calls "the 24-hour party."
"You can go to the nightclub, you can go to the after-hours club (beginning, he estimates, in late May), you can go to the pool party — we have so many wonderful entities inside this property, why would you want to leave?"
— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine