Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 | 4:58 p.m.
The doors have been officially shuttered at Planet Hollywood’s Gallery Nightclub. Rumors ran rampant during Labor Day Weekend, and a Caesars Entertainment official told me this afternoon: “Planet Hollywood can confirm that Gallery Nightclub has closed. We are currently evaluating exciting options for what will replace this space and will be in touch soon regarding plans.”
Joe Vargas of KingofNightclubs.com was the first to break the story as I started receiving emails from employees that they’d been told not to report to work. (Our Editor at Large John Katsilometes also tweeted the news Sunday after verifying the closing with a hotel official.) Joe told me: “Some employees showed up to work to find out the club was closed with no warning. Systems and alcohol were pulled out from the club after Saturday’s final night, and everything was gone by Monday morning. Employees were shocked it was so sudden. They had no idea it was closing.”
Joe told me that he’d spoken to employees who reported that Gaming Control Board officials were there five times before the shutdown. My request for a statement from Billy Richardson’s Block 16 Hospitality, which ran Gallery, has gone unanswered. Employees say they’ve been promised their final paychecks Wednesday.
It’s rumored that there were major disagreements between the hotel and the club over its hard-core hip-hop entertainment attractions and patrons who lined up in the casino. “They wanted a more diverse demographic that was more in keeping with the hotel guests rather than in conflict with them,” I was told.
On Joe’s nightclub site, you can read more on that war between the club operators and hotel execs. He tells me he’s heard that the attached, one-time Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon with its mezzanine entrance will be used for banquets and hotel functions for now.
By mid-afternoon today, all references to Gallery as a nightlife attraction had been removed from Planet Hollywood’s website. Nightlife insiders note that this is the first club to fold since the opening of Hakkasan at MGM Grand and Daylight and Light at Mandalay Bay, and they ask which two others mid-Strip are struggling.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.