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Vegas Strip Club Loses Liquor License

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One thing we know. Business is no longer booming at Jaguars and Leopard Lounge. Both topless clubs formally owned by Michael Galardi have been stripped of their liquor licenses.

The Clark County Commission has revoked the liquor licenses leaving the new owner of both clubs to run dry establishments.

“All the alcohol is being taken off the floor, we’re putting it in storage, we’re anticipated a visit from the county to see if we are complying,” said Tom Waddell, Jaguars manager. The club’s revoked liquor license went into effectively immediately last week. “We’re in trouble,” commented Waddell. No more alcohol will be served at Jaguars. It’s essentially now a juice bar.

Jack Galardi recently paid millions of dollars to buy both Jaguars and Leopard Lounge from his son, Michael Galardi. The property changed hands after Michael Galardi pleaded guilty in San Diego and Las Vegas to bribing politicians with money. Now, with Michael Galardi’s liquor license revoked, his dad is left with two strip clubs and no alcohol.

“I’m not surprised. I mean, this is a political decision that they have to make,” said Dominic Gentile, Jack Galardi’s lawyer. Gentile tried to sway the Clark County Commission into keeping the liquor license in place until Jack gets one of his own. Instead, the licenses were pulled. But Commissioner Yvonne Atkinson-Gates says the clubs do not have to close.

“He just cannot serve liquor in which we consider a privileged license. He can stay open,” Atkinson-Gates said. But open is a relative term. A Jaguars manager says without alcohol, there is no business. Without business, it’s tough to stay open.

Without a liquor license, club managers say business will take a hit and drive away customers. “That could drive away our dancers to other clubs and force us to cut our staff in half, Waddell continued.

Wednesday of last week, the Jaguar’s parking lot sat empty. The dancers were nowhere in sight. Valet attendants were not at work and most cocktail waitresses were told to stay home. An occasional liquor truck parked outside. One Budweiser sales rep said he was there to start taking away alcohol.

David Ward has been taxi driver for 20 years. He says most of his strip club passengers want a place with alcohol. “A lot of people, when they come to town, they’re here for bachelor parties, and you got a large group of men, and they want to go to a club that serves alcohol,” said David Ward, taxi driver

Without the booze, he has little optimism for the success of Jaguars. “I think it’s definitely going to effect ’em,” Ward said adding, There’s no doubt about it. No doubt about it.” There’s also no doubt the club will seek a new liquor license but that could take up to six months.

One Jaguars employee said, a typical Tuesday night, they would make about $3,000 in bar sales. Instead, only serving soda and juice, they made about $50. The manager said most of their 60-person full-time staff will likely have to be laid off. Hundreds of dancers also work at Jaguars. But since they work as independent contractors, they can go to dance at other clubs around the valley.

Last Tuesday, the County Commission revoked the club’s liquor license and the property had to close down for several hours. The club opened back up at 9 p.m. But business was slow. When managers received word that the club’s liquor license had been revoked, they had to move all of the alcohol out of the building.

The entrance to Jaguars was deserted. The sign on the door told customers the strip club was closed.

The club was owned by Michael Galardi who pleaded guilty in San Diego and Las Vegas to bribing politicians with money. He transferred ownership of Jaguars and his other club, Leopard Lounge, to his father Jack. But without a liquor license, club managers say business will take a hit and drive away customers. “That could drive away our dancers to other clubs and force us to cut our staff in half, Waddell continued.



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