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Downtown lawmakers skeptical about Ravish's customs application permission

For John Fyfe-Millar, that’s not the case at all.

City councilors from London’s 13th arrondissement are skeptical that an application to transfer an adult parlor entertainment license to Lavish nightclub in Dundas Place is actually intended to allow the club to stage more risqué burlesque shows is.

Located in Dundas near Clarence, Lavish is known as a safe haven for LGBTQ+ guests.

The club has applied to transfer its existing live adult parlor entertainment license to Lavish’s location at 238 Dundas St. near Clarence.

However, Fyfe-Millar is concerned that if such a license were granted to 238 Dundas St., it would pave the way for allowing more traditional strip clubs in the event of a future change of ownership. increase.

“They want us to treat it differently, but we can’t,” said Fyfe-Milar. “It’s an adult entertainment license, after all. If Lavish were to close, it’s now licensed in a brick and mortar location that could be an adult entertainment venue.”

The City has received an application to amend an existing strip club license to move a decommissioned strip club on Dundas Street East to Dundas Place, directly opposite the entrance to Solid Gold. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

Kelly Roy took care of Ravish’s booking, speaking to CBC News in response to a call for comment to owner Zoltan Harasti.

Licenses “Give Us Freedom”

Roy said the license change will allow Lavish to present more provocative live entertainment. She said changes were necessary to help the club continue to attract a strong following in a business environment that is still recovering from COVID-19 restrictions and closures.

“We used to do burlesque, and we had to be very strict about what we could and couldn’t do,” she told CBC News. will give you.”

Roy also said Lavish’s license transfer application was clouded by another application to set up a Body Love parlor at 232 Dundas St, six doors away. The application listed at 232 Dundas St. Application is a numbered company.

Roy, however, did not disclose who was behind the company mentioned in Ravish’s application, which is listed as “Paris Club Corporation” in documents filed with the city.

The Lavish application will transfer the live adult entertainment license from the Dundas Street East address currently operating as a hotel. The body massage application at 232 Dundas Street is now associated with 802 Exeter Road, an existing massage parlor called Ambience Spa.

Both applications are due to be submitted to the city’s Community and Protective Services Commission on Tuesday.

Fyfe-Millar doesn’t want to speculate on other lawmakers’ votes, but he doesn’t think either petition will get much support.

He said attaching two adult-themed business licenses to an address on a block that already has a strip club is a recipe for trouble.

“You’re going to have organizations in the same industry competing very hard against each other to fill that void,” he said. I don’t want to create a bad environment.”

Fyfe-Millar is also skeptical that such a license is needed to avoid enforcement action from city ordinance officials to stage adult-themed entertainment at Lavish.

District 13 count. John Fyfe-Millar said he would not support either application to move his two adult-themed businesses to his Dundas Place between Clarence and Wellington. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

The city has received letters from businesses and residents opposing moving both licenses to Dundas Place, including a letter from the Abused Women’s Center in London.

“Demand for paid sexual services is fueling increased trafficking and exploitation of the most vulnerable,” writes Executive Director Jennifer Dunn.