The sometimes rocky marriage is over between casino developer Steve Wynn and nightclub baron Victor Drai.
Sources said Drai's contract with Wynn was terminated this week, ending one of the most lucrative nightclub partnerships in the city's history. A statement from Wynn was not forthcoming until today, but the parting was said to be amicable.
There have been rumblings that Drai wanted to spend more time in California, where he opened Drai's Hollywood in the W Hotel in March. There also have been rumors that Drai is in talks with Harrah's about a makeover of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon.
Taking over for Drai are twins Jesse and Cy Waits, managing partners with Drai in Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas and XS nightclub and Botero restaurant at Encore.
Wynn and Drai teamed up about five years ago shortly after Wynn Las Vegas opened. Unhappy with his main nightclub, La Bete (French for the beast), Wynn fired Frank Tucker as director of nightclub operations one week after the opening and turned to Drai.
The Moroccan-born Frenchman had moved from Hollywood, where he was a restaurateur and film producer, to open Drai's Afterhours below the Barbary Coast, now Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon.
La Bete was renamed Tryst, which turned such an immediate profit that Wynn, no fan of featuring nightclubs at his early properties, was a quick convert.
Drai's plans for Encore, which opened in December 2008, included XS, which grossed $70 million in its first year, more than doubling Tryst's revenue.
Wynn and Drai, strong-willed personalities, were involved in several public spats in the past year but made peace.
Another drama erupted early Thursday at Wynn's Surrender nightclub at Encore. DJ Jazzy Jeff had his 90-minute turntable gig cut off after an hour during a tribute to the late DJ AM.
Leaving the booth at 2 a.m., Jazzy Jeff tweeted, "Funny when people r having a good time but management isn't..can you say...The Right Party at the Wrong Place...(Bleep) it...AM lives....ah yeah."
Sean Christie, the venue's managing partner, said he replaced Jazzy Jeff because the crowd of 2,500 "wasn't digging the music. I think it was a miscommunication on our part. It was like going into a country bar and the DJ is playing classical rock. We play higher energy music on Wednesdays."
Christie said reports he had the DJ escorted off the property "are categorically 100 percent false." There's always a security presence when VIPs leave the venue, he said, and that was misconstrued.
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