Gentlemen's club to open in Downtown San Jose

July 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new business is coming to San Jose's Downtown and it's not being welcomed with open arms. It's a gentleman's club and is the only one in Downtown San Jose. It is moving into a historic San Jose building on West Santa Clara Street, just blocks from city hall.

There's already a line to get into San Jose's newest gentleman's club. They are all hoping to work at The Gold Club once it opens. Some people applied in person Tuesday night.

"I want to break in as a bartender, so I think this is a good place to start as a bar back," said Phung Duong, a job applicant.

No one else wanted to talk about the newest business in Downtown San Jose. The Gold Club is housed in the former home of Vault Night Club and it's right across the street Picasso's Tapas restaurant.

"There will be more problems with crime, drugs, and alcohol that we don't need around here," said Edwing Flores, the Picasso's Tapas restaurant owner.

The Gold Club's neighbors are angry, even outraged over how a club that features stripper poles on the sign can open here.

"To have it be part of the main drag when you're trying to bring retail into the city, makes no sense to me," said Mike Fitzsimmons, a business owner.

Downtown San Jose has a long standing ban on all adult businesses, but the Gold Club is considered an entertainment venue.

"They are not an adult business according to the code. They will be covering the appropriate body parts and they've got a police permit," said Laurel Prevetti, the assistant director of San Jose's Planning Department.

That police permit lays out all of the policies the club must follow involving security, alcohol service, and nudity. Some people don't see what all the fuss is about.

"If you're going to spend money on entertainment elsewhere like San Francisco or somewhere outside the city, you might as well spend it here," said Hung Duong of Sunnyvale.

The public will have its first chance to weigh in on The Gold Club when owners apply for a conditional use permit extension this fall.

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