The long legacy of the nightclub venue at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. South will continue on November 1, when gay party spot Krave moves into the former home of Club Utopia and Empire Ballroom.
The move marks Krave’s return to both the Strip and the ownership of Sia Amiri, the LA entrepreneur who created and owned the original Krave in 2004. That version was housed at Miracle Mile Shops adjacent to Planet Hollywood until Phantom Entertainment—whose CEO, Kelly Murphy, bought Krave from Amiri—decided to move it to Downtown’s Neonopolis and redub it Krave Massive in 2012.
However, despite a partial opening over the summer, numerous financial and licensing woes—among other problems—prevented Phantom from operating all of the complex’s proposed 80,000 square feet. Krave Massive was shuttered in late August by state officials; around that time, Murphy told Las Vegas Weekly that he had sold Krave, not revealing the new owner.
Despite minority partner Downtown Project’s alleged intention to buy the club from Phantom, Amiri’s announcement reveals he has acquired “the Krave trade name, databases, domains and other related items” from Phantom, adding via e-mail that he is now the “sole owner” of the enterprise. (Downtown Project had not responded to an inquiry at press time.)
Krave will occupy what is now called the TW Theater and Nightclub—just across from the Monte Carlo—which hosted various production shows and even a short-lived LGBT party called the Affair earlier this year. Krave will be open on Fridays, Saturdays (afterhours included) and Sundays, with possible schedule expansions to come. Amiri’s sons Kian (aka Morningstar) and Pedi (aka Lightknife)—along with the latter’s musical partner in the electronic group Black Boots, Mikey Francis—will reprise their roles as Krave resident DJs.
TW Theater was formerly Empire Ballroom, an afterhours and live music venue, in the mid-2000s, though it was most famous for its original incarnation, Club Utopia, which pioneered electronic dance music programming in Las Vegas from 1996 to 2002.
Krave will make use of all of the venue’s 20,000 square feet, including the upstairs patio—where many local house DJs cut their teeth over the past 17 years—and VIP lounge overlooking the dancefloor.
For more info, visit www.kravelasvegas.com. For text message service regarding discounts and announcements, text KRAVE to 313131.