Clubland

Get ready to duck. There's a disco-ball war brewing on the Richmond Strip. Polly Esther's, an upscale '70s- and '80s-themed dance club chain with nine other locations nationwide, has moved into the former Rock Bottom Brewery, much to the chagrin of another retro-trendy nightclub, Boogie Nights, just across the street. Polly Esther's grand opening is Thursday, and you can bet Boogie Nights general manager John Young will be watching very, very closely.

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"The reason that they're going in across the street from us is because we put them out of business in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale," Young says. "It's sort of a personal thing."

Polly Esther's New York-based co-creator, Tim Ouelette, flatly denies Young's contention, saying that there was nothing personal behind choosing the location they did. "Chicago is our number one location; I'm flabbergasted," Ouelette says in response to Young's comment. "I would never make a decision based on personal feelings."

Word is, with its other location in Northwest Houston doing so well, Boogie Nights might not even hang around long enough to put up a fight. Already rumors are circulating that the Richmond club may just up and close -- a scenario Young naturally denies: "We've known this has been coming for quite a while. We've got some strategies."

Boogie Nights won't expand on those tactics, but chances are, unwitting club-goers will be in the firing line. So keep 'em covered.

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