Pink’s Closes at Planet Hollywood, Pin-Up Pizza Next, Making Way for Chick-fil-A

A fixture at Planet Hollywood, Pink’s Hot Dogs, has closed. A source says the closure of Pink’s is an initial step toward the arrival of Chick-fil-A. If the rumor pans out, this would be the first Chick-fil-a location on the Las Vegas Strip.

Pink’s, an import from California, opened at Planet Hollywood resort in August 2009.

Pink's Louie Anderson

Insert seemingly random photo of Emmy winner Louie Anderson at Pink’s Hot Dogs here.

A sign outside the now-closed Pink’s suggests customers make their way to another restaurant, Haute Doggery at the Linq Promenade.

Haute Doggery and Pink’s are both operated by Block 16 Hospitality and owner Billy Richardson. Richardson also owns Holstein’s at Cosmopolitan, Flour & Barley at Linq promenade, Barrymore at Royal Resort and Public House at Venetian.

Fun fact: Billy Richardson’s father, Bill Richardson, is construction manager of Resorts World. Las Vegas is a very small town.

Pink's Hot Dogs Las Vegas

Pink’s was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939, when a hot dog cost 10 cents. The “Planet Hollywood” dog at Pink’s cost $8.25.

It’s estimated there were about 30 people employed at Pink’s Hot Dogs.

We hear Pin-Up Pizza, adjacent to Pink’s Hot Dogs, will also close at Planet Hollywood, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Pin-Up Pizza Las Vegas

We’re not entirely sure employees know the place could be closing, so let’s keep it between us.

Pin-Up Pizza opened in January 2014.

While there’s been no official announcement about what will replace Pink’s and Pin-Up Pizza, our source says these spaces will be absorbed into a footprint for the Las Vegas Strip’s first Chick-fil-A.

We first shared news of a Chick-fil-A location on The Strip back in April 2018, and the news nearly broke the Internet.

Chick-fil-A Planet Hollywood

Get. In. Our. Belly.

Again, Caesars Entertainment, which owns Planet Hollywood, has yet to confirm our story. Ditto Chick-fil-A.

Hey, Chick-fil-A is worth the wait.

It’s anticipated the Chick-fil-A at Planet Hollywood could be one of the chain’s most profitable locations, which is saying something given Chick-fil-A generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast food chain in the country.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for official news about Pin-Up Pizza, as well as long-awaited confirmation Chick-fil-A is finally coming to the Las Vegas Strip.

20 thoughts on “Pink’s Closes at Planet Hollywood, Pin-Up Pizza Next, Making Way for Chick-fil-A

    1. Johnny Vegas

      Typical Harrah’s close something sort of unique and replace it with another National chain. Dennys is next then Sizzler or Golden corral

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  1. Bogan

    I hadn’t really thought about the impact of it being in a casino might have. If franchised and operated by Caesars and operated by Caesars union employees, similar to how most Starbucks are run on the strip, that could be what is necessary to be open on Sundays. I still think it is unlikely to be open Sundays unless it stays open past midnight Saturday and closes sometime early Sunday morning.

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  2. JT Barrett

    Richardson was also one of the four families that owned Circus-Circus /Mandalay Resorts before they sold to MGM. Bill invested 500 mil in Caesars to become head contractor and built the big wheel at the Linq. Vegas is indeed a small town

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  3. MikeFillion

    Construction manager at Resorts World, isn’t that an oxymoron? No wait that not it, it’s just a job where you do no work.

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  4. Funkhouser

    Gee, what great news. Now I can travel 1800 miles to enjoy a just okay chicken sandwich like the one I can get a mile from my house, rather than a unique Las Vegas eatery. Way to go Vegas and CET your dumbasserie continues to amaze, btw I guess we lose access to a strip eatery once a week since the filet is closed on Sundays.

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      1. Funkhouser

        If Chick-fil-A was going to make a such a huge change in their corporate culture and open on
        Sundays, it would have happened. The only exception has been for natural disasters or emergency workers, and in those cases they gave food away for free.
        If they planned such a strategy, there are plenty of larger volume stores and bigger markets which monetarily would have made sense to start with. Any discussion about them opening on Sunday is just rumor and speculation. The closed on Sunday philosophy is baked in this companies DNA, used for marketing, and prominently presented to potential employees as a benefit. I don’t see that ever changing unless the company is sold.

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    1. Funkhouser2

      Probably a good thing for many people who travel to Vegas from locations that do not have one near them. After all, Vegas is a tourist location. There is plenty of room on the strip for chains as well as “unique Las Vegas eateries”.

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  5. Jeff in OKC

    I don’t believe for a second Chick-Fil-A is going to be open on Sunday. It is a family owned company, and they firmly believe that they have been blessed by God through their obedient act of closing on Sunday.

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    1. Funkhouser

      On their website you can find this quote, along with a link to a video. “Why We’re Closed on Sundays
      Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today.” A store on the Vegas strip is not going to change this.

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  6. Oscar

    I like Chick-Fil-A just fine but I don’t think I would eat there while in Vegas. When I’m in Vegas I want to eat at places I don’t have near me, Hash House, Hexx, etc. Same goes for McDonalds, BK, Taco Bell, etc..

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    1. Funkhouser

      Right, I can only think that maybe they might catch some of the lower spend demographic or twenty something budget travelers who would rather spend money on booze. So there is a segment, I hope this isn’t the start of fast food restaurants taking over the strip like CVS and Walgreens.

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  7. supe59

    They are closed on Sunday’s at Mercedes-Benz Stadium during NFL games. I highly doubt they will open on Sundays, or be open past 10pm

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    1. Steven

      They have a location near the airport here in Atlanta that used to be open from Monday at 6:00 AM until Saturday at 10:00 PM, but in recent years they changed the hours during the week. They’re open Monday-Friday from 11:45PM until 1:00AM. It closes Saturday night at 10PM and reopens at 6:00 AM Monday morning. So if they open one at Planet Hollywood and even if they opt to close on Sundays, they would likely keep it open from 6:00 AM on Monday until 10:00 PM on Saturday.

      https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/GA/Hapeville-Dwarf-House

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      1. Steven

        The second sentence should have read:

        They’re closed Monday-Friday from 11:45PM until 1:00AM. It closes Saturday night at 10PM and reopens at 6:00 AM Monday morning.

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  8. Kevin

    On June 6, 2018, Planet Hollywood responded to me on Twitter saying, “We have no plans to change Pin-up Pizza.” Time will tell, but I sure hope the pizza place stays and the hate-filled chicken place goes away.

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