The License Commission made an initial reading of an application for a new nude dancing club put in on Monday for the old King Arthur’s site – moving the submission to a public hearing for either May or June.
The new entity will be called the Phantom Club and is operated by a newly created company called Phantom Ventures LLC.
It is controlled by Konstantinos Georgeopoulos, Louis Tasiopoulos and Gregory Costa – all of Middleton.
License Commissioner Roy Avellaneda said there would be a public hearing.
“We have received that application and have read it into the record,” he said. “As with any other application we receive, we’ll hold a public hearing.”
The Club would be located on the former site of King Arthur’s Strip Club at 200 Beacham Street in the Produce Center. That club was shut down last summer by the License Commission when the owners failed to renew critical licenses. The property was sold at auction earlier this year, and purchased by a former produce dealer named Demetrios Vardakostas for $1.35 million. While he is associated with the Produce Center, those close to the situation said perhaps he planned to lease it to the owners of Centerfolds Strip Club in Boston. Another person associated with the proposal is an owner of The Rack – a pool hall near Fenway Park.
The application was likely seen as a setback for the City and the site. The City and the Commission trumpeted last summer’s decision to close down the club and there was widespread hope that it would never again be a strip club. However, it is believed that the use is grandfathered for two years, leaving the proposal well within the limits of that timeframe.
In a letter from their attorney, it was detailed that The Phantom would include totally nude dancing and would cater to an upscale crowd.
“The intent is to transform the space into a formal suit and tie clientele,” read the application.
It also indicated that an attorney in Boston is preparing to apply for a liquor license, though that application hasn’t been filed yet. The application said they would also be applying for a common victualler license to serve bar food like chicken wings and burgers.
The application indicated they plan to completely renovate the club and have it ready within six months of receiving any licenses.