Taranaki’s latest upscale grownup leisure venue opens

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Denys Taylor is almost ready to open the doors of his new strip club on New Plymouth's main drag.

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Denys Taylor is almost ready to open the doors of his new strip club on New Plymouth’s main drag.

A Taranaki businessman’s upscale adult entertainment venue is almost done after months of trial and tribulation, but had to get back to basics.

Denys Taylor bought the disused New Plymouth strip club The Crave in 2018 with the intention of moving it to an vacant location in Devon St East, which he wanted to call Xite.

His plan was a strip club on the ground floor with the upper floors as a members’ area and brothel. The venue received a liquor license in November 2019.

Since taking over the Taylor lease, however, there have been device thefts, break-ins and physical assaults.

He booked a private event for 120 people this weekend to give the venue a test run.

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“I want to make sure everything is going and working properly,” he said.

Taylor hopes the doors to the basement, where bars like Scruples, Broadway, and Rhythm operated, will be open in the coming weeks.

“When I look up the main street, I’m definitely in the right place. In the past two to three weeks, nightlife can be seen returning after the Covid Lockdown.

“We’re going to open up as a bar first and then of course we’ll have some stripper services available, but it will continue from there.”

Taylor said he was in the final stages of signing bar and security staff contracts.

“I have to find the right people and as soon as we have them, which is the most important thing, we will announce the opening.

“Basically all we have to do is have the bar in stock and we’re ready to go.”

Denys Taylor's New Plymouth Strip Club has been working on since January and is hoping to be open in the coming weeks.  (File photo)

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Denys Taylor’s New Plymouth Strip Club has been working on since January and is hoping to be open in the coming weeks. (File photo)

He loved the prospect of light at the end of the tunnel.

“It was a very challenging thing.”

He said the area would be open to members upstairs only soon after, but couldn’t say when the brothel would be ready.

Three men and one woman who allegedly assaulted Taylor were charged with entering a building with the intent to commit a crime. They have been armed with a knife, injured to cause serious injury and kidnapping, and are on trial.