If you didn’t recognize legendary LGBT spot Gipsy on Spike TV’s tavern-rehabbing show Bar Rescue, you certainly won’t now. It currently sits behind construction fences. Inside, the interior is almost completely gutted; there are large holes in the ceiling and front wall; and a pool has been dug out just feet away from Paradise Road.
Paul San Filipo, portrayed on the show as a drunk, debt-addled, dramatic proprietor—“I gave them enough rope to hang me with,” he says with a laugh, claiming he went along with an exaggerated narrative—is drastically remaking Gipsy. It’s slated to reopen this summer as a dayclub and ultralounge, the only gay-oriented club of its kind in Las Vegas.