Crazy Horse Too

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Crazy Horse Too is a strip club located at 2476 Industrial Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nevada on Industrial Road a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip. Originally patterned after the Crazy Horse Saloon club on Paradise Road,[citation needed] which was owned by Jack Galardi (father of Mike Galardi, who opened Cheetah's). The club was owned by convicted racketeer Rick Rizzolo.[1] The club, which had been ownerd by USA Marshalls Service Lessee. was recently purchased by Mike Galam and reopened in May, 2013.,[2] Tuesday February 11, 2014 U.S. District Judge James Mahan issued a decision withdrawing a preliminary injunction prohibiting Galam from using “crazy horse” in the club’s name. Mahan said new evidence had surfaced that showed Galam purchased the rights to the term when he bought the troubled property.

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From 1984 until 2006, Rick Rizzolo was involved in an ongoing dispute over parking with "Buffalo" Jim Barrier, a well-known Las Vegas personality and a commercial tenant of Mr. Rizzolo. According to numerous newspaper and television reports, for 22 years Mr. Rizzolo engaged in an unsuccessful pattern of harassment in attempts to drive Buffalo Jim and his automotive repair business off the Crazy Horse Too property so the club could expand.[3]

On February 20, 2003, 80 FBI, DEA and IRS agents removed files, video surveillance equipment, computers, cash registers, and other materials and documents as part of a lengthy criminal investigation. One of the items under investigation was the $20,000 monthly consulting fee from the Crazy Horse Too bar in Chicago that was being paid to Rizzolo. The investigation reportedly was under way for 10 years. As part of that investigation George Clooney, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci were interviewed. The case ended in 2006 when 17 defendants pleaded guilty to various offenses. As a part of the plea bargain Rizzolo was ordered to sell the Crazy Horse within one year.

On January 19, 2005, Robert D'Apice was arrested for alleged activities he participated in at the club including federal racketeering charges, assault from a 2001 crime, aided and abetted in prostitution or illegal sexual activity, and distribution of narcotics.

On September 6, 2006, the Crazy Horse lost its liquor license following Rick Rizzolo's guilty plea for tax evasion.[4] The Crazy Horse closed its doors on September 7. Another local business owner unsuccessfully applied for a new license that October.[5]

In May 2013, the owners of a competing Las Vegas strip club, The Crazy Horse III, filed a complaint in Clark County, NV District Court against new owner Mike Galam and other defendants. The complaint states that the use of the Crazy Horse name is a trademark infringement. The Crazy Horse III club was looking to delay the Crazy Horse Too's reopening which was set for May 23, 2013. A grand opening was being planned for June 1, 2013. Said reopening was not delayed, however the club was renamed The Horse.[6] As of 2/12/2014 Mr. Galam was awarded the right to use "Crazy Horse" in the club's name again. The club was restored back to The Crazy Horse Too and the website was moved back to crazyhorselv.com. In June of 2014 Craig Franze joined as part owner and a major remodeling of the club was completed.[7]

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