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From what I'm hearing on the rumour mill the Fax is done. A friend went by last night, tennish, and found the doors locked. The story going round is that their insurer won't renew so they are selling to the developers. Hello condos!  Joe will be spinning in his grave. Happy golfing Phil and Earl.

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who's Joe, Phil and Earl ?   And developing the building into what ?   I hope a grand massage parlour.   Who owns the adjacent buildings ?   So Barefax lease expired August 31 ?

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23 hours ago, hopeful said:

who's Joe, Phil and Earl ?   And developing the building into what ?   I hope a grand massage parlour.   Who owns the adjacent buildings ?   So Barefax lease expired August 31 ?

Joe and his brother Frank opened the Barefax in the early 80's where the the Dominion tavern is today. In 92 they moved the business to where it is today. They owned this new building. There used to be two strip clubs. Female strippers on the second floor and male strippers on the third floor. Two separate clubs. Around 2002 they closed the male club and then modified the building to make the stair way to heaven that you see in the club today. Joe passed away in 2005 and after negotiations with Frank, his children took over the business. Earl, Phil (and Carmelina) are Joe's children. At one time the Bentivoglio's owned most of the stripclubs in Ottawa. They were also smart enough to diversify and bought properties around Ottawa.

If this club is closed, this is a loss for us. For Earl, Phil and Carm, they will be fine regardless of what happens to the building and business.

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On 9/7/2020 at 3:47 PM, Philmore said:

 

If this club is closed, this is a loss for us.

Any definitive intel on this?  Is the 'Fax finished?

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15 hours ago, r__d said:

Any definitive intel on this?  Is the 'Fax finished?

I was only responding to what has been posted on this string. I don't live nearby and haven't swung by to try the door. You pose a good question though. Is there anyone out there brave enough to drop in and give us a trip report?

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From a very reliable source it is closed when they reopened it was not good apperantley couldn't make enough in liquor sales to pay staff not sure if they will ever reopen but here's to hoping

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11 hours ago, goose2ca said:

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/building-that-houses-barefax-the-27-club-is-up-for-sale-for-6-million/wcm/c2d2b619-f9e0-4288-a803-3c10303e57b3/

 

Even the citizen has something to say about the building. Let' remain optimistic and hope someone will purchase the building and then either open the club or rent the space to someone who will keep it going. Dreaming in know but at least it gives me something to pray for on Sunday.

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so a club or bar license is negotiable but an adult entertainment license is not transferable, can someone explain

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3 hours ago, hopeful said:

so a club or bar license is negotiable but an adult entertainment license is not transferable, can someone explain

My understanding is that some years ago the bylaw governing adult licenses was amended so that no new ones would ever be assigned.  Only the current ones, in the hands of the current owners (and family) would exist, and when they went out of business strip clubs would eventually disappear.

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I am unsure on this, because I know that the Casino Cabaret/Tease/ Palace of Screams etc, license has been reassigned more than once. I think the person writing for the paper doesn't understand the bylaw. The same with the Silver Dollar when it ran into trouble. They could have sold the property and the license (which was grandfathered to the address) to a new operator but as I understand it the owners didn't want to do that.  If you read the bylaw section it specifically mentions the addresses that are allowed to have adult entertaiment licenses and some of them are long gone, like Jason's location in Kanata that is still on the books.

 

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10 hours ago, hopeful said:

so someone can still buy Barefax and get it back up and running ?

 

10 hours ago, 1963Kennedy said:

In this case, we are all hopeful

@1963Kennedy I see wheat you did there, lol.

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