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Diamonds gentleman’s club opens in Bangor

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Consultant Jimmy Ellis of Mobile Alabama sits on one of two satellie stages at the yet to be opened Diamonds Gentleman's Club on Harlow Street in Bangor on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A little more than six months after Diva’s closed up shop at 190 Harlow St., a new gentleman’s club opened Friday evening at the site.

Diamonds opened at 6 p.m. for business at the same location with expanded space, more performers and a different decor.

“It looks nothing like it did last month with all the construction going on,” said Jimmie Ellis, the spokesman for ownership group Arayos LLC and a professional men’s club planner and designer. Ellis said nearly $375,000 — $60,000 on wiring and plumbing alone — was spent on remodeling, renovating and improving the club, which was expanded from 2,000 to 6,600 square feet and now has a maximum capacity of 150 people.

“This is a great space, but it’s needed a lot of work. We literally gutted it, took a divider wall down, and doubled the size of the space,” Ellis said. “It’s all about comfort and developing credibility for the club.”

Jeff Austin, licensing and compliance supervisor for the Maine Department of Public Safety’s Liquor Licensing and Inspection Division, confirmed that a liquor license for Diamonds was approved and issued Friday.

The club had an open house for vendors and workers Thursday.

Regular business hours will be noon to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday. The cover charge is $7 per person.

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