Downtown San Jose appears poised to add a new entertainment venue, but questions remain on whether some of the workers will be topless, fully nude or neither.
The historic San Jose Building and Loan Association structure, located at 81. W. Santa Clara St., has posters on street front windows advertising the coming gentlemen’s club, The Gold Club. A two-page website also announces intentions to open the establishment, which previously operated as nightclubs Playhouse and Vault. The building is one of the oldest structures in downtown San Jose.
A source said that the club plans to open sometime in August, but little information is known about how Gold Club will operate and what restrictions the city could impose. The location does have an operational liquor license, but the city of San Jose has zoning rules that would prevent nude dancing, according to city officials.
Planning director Joe Horwedel said a gentlemen’s club “is allowed by zoning regulations if operated correctly.” But, he added, “No nudity allowed.” That could mean Gold Club will operate as a bikini bar.
San Jose’s Gold Club operations will apparently go through a company called T&L, an East Coast licensing company. No contact information could be found for T&L, and a person contacted at the proposed San Jose location said venue operators had no comment at this time.
What seems more clear, however, is that San Jose’s Gold Club has no relationship with The Gold Club in San Francisco.
“We just want to make it clear we aren’t affiliated or associated,” said Axel Sang, a general manager for The Gold Club, which is also affiliated with other San Francisco venues such as the Hustler Club and the Penthouse Club.
Sang added that he and his partners became aware of the San Jose location a few weeks ago. “It actually kind of caught us by surprise.”