All I've heard from the Trop lately has been bad news.
In no particular order, The Mob Experience closes, Nikki beach, Club, and Cafe are out, Gladys Knight shortens her stay, their COO and President resigns, and Brad Garret moves on.
Lets break it down....
Tropicana went through a 165 million dollar renovation and all around clean up earlier this year
The Mob Experience opens and quickly goes through some problems with management as Jay Bloom gives up his position to
business partner and new managing partner Louis Ventre. In Sept. The Experience announced they are closing the major part of the show but leaving a small room of memorabilia and artifacts (donated by mob family members) open for viewing. Ventre said all the employees have been let go and does expect to reopen the exhibit. No date has been set for a reopening but he says January is likely. All Ive seen since following this story is law suit after law suit for unpaid loans and counter suit filed for wrongful termination as well as misappropriated funds etc etc, so I don't think the show will be returning by January, if at all.
NEXT was Nikki Beach and company getting the boot. Only 4 short months after their huge "WHITE PARTY" opening weekend Tropicana's Vice President of food, beverage and retail, Tom Recine, announced they are seizing all operations between Nikki Beach, Club Nikki and Cafe Nikki. He will take over and hire full staff, as all the previous staff have been let go. He expressed his disappointment in the continued drop in attendance and business and said they plan on continuing services of the pool, cafe and club with a new theme and being competitive. With a name like Tropicana and the theme it portrays, I don't think it should be too hard to figure something out there.
Then Gladys Knight cuts her shows short. Early In September Gladys Knight announced she is to extend her stay at the Tropicana through the rest of the year, but about 2 weeks later she announces she will be leaving October 29th. No reason has been given yet for the unexpected departure. The Tropicana had renamed there Tiffany Theater after Gladys Knight for her show and it seems they might be changing it again, maybe to "RECYCLED PERCUSSION" theater, as they will take over the afternoon shows for now.
Speaking of unexpected departures,
President and COO Thomas McCartney resigns from Tropicana after a great run starting back in 2009. McCartney has had a major role in the turn around of the Tropicana over the last couple years and has been in the Casino industry for over 20 years. Since coming to Vegas from Caesars Atlantic City, he has held the COO/President position at Planet Hollywood as well as Executive Vice President at Luxor and Senior Vice President at NY NY. No reason for his resignation was given yet. He shouldn't have a hard time finding work.
And most recently,
BRAD GARRETT announced through his club Manager he will be moving his comedy club down the road to MGM GRAND. MGM GRAND announced that they are building him a new venue "from the ground up". Garrett said he has had a hard time turning a profit with the Tropicana. Garret has been involved in a 4 wall deal there since July of 2010 and compares it to an expensive habit. His Club manager, Tony Camacho, said he has given a 60 day notice and will perform at MGM GRAND on March 29th before there opening around APRIL FOOLS day.
Is this all just a coincidence or a streak of bad luck, or could something be going down at the Trop?
I enjoyed my visit to the Tropicana in September and previously in July. The casino seemed very clean, the Sports Book was improved and taken over by Cantor gaming. Service at the bars was good and we had no complaints. I hope they can get back on there feet and this is just a set back for now. WE WILL SEE.