Strippers out, cocktails and membership in
PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:50 16 June 2011
CLUBBERS in Weston are in for a treat as plans for two new venues advance.
Would-be revellers may have spotted the new banners outside the former Players Lounge strip club in the Boulevard, announcing the arrival of Club Tabu.
After the former tenants left, the building’s owner, Kerry Kimitri, decided to take the opportunity to relaunch the club, ditch the strippers and carry out an extensive revamp.
Kerry, who works in London but lives in the town, said he is bringing designs and inspiration from the big city and is implementing this at the new club, which is set to open next month.
Tabu will be for people aged 21 and upwards and will have marble surfaces and a cocktail bar and people can apply for membership.
Kerry said: “It’s aimed at the older market as a lot of people don’t want to go out and be surrounded by kids. Weston needs somewhere which is aimed at older people.
“It’s going to be classy and as it’s slightly out of town there is never any trouble down this end.
“For the first few months it will be invite or requests for membership only. The dress code is smart and there will be a VIP area too.”
The club’s Facebook group has nearly 900 members and Kerry said he has already received hundreds of applications for membership. It is set to open at the end of July.
Just as clubbers had given up hope of ever seeing club Vision re-emerge, the Mercury can exclusively reveal an application for a licence has been approved by North Somerset Council.
The unitary authority has this week given the thumbs up to an applicant to take over the licence which would see the Richmond Street venue reopen as a nightclub.
The Bristol-based applicant, who does not wish to be named until he has finalised the contract with Weston surveyors, Stephen & Co, said he hopes to have completed the deal in the next 10 days.
However, another application for the licence, from a separate party, is also pending.
A spokesman from North Somerset Council said: “Many people can apply for a licence and it be approved, but it is only going to be applicable to the person who actually buys the venue.”
The police also requested certain criteria be set out, such as the installation of CCTV, stringent door staff policies and a closing time of no later than 4am.