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Jilly's to vacate as Broadview Hotel awaits heritage title

Posted by Derek Flack / July 3, 2014

Broadview HotelJuly 12th is the last day for Jilly's, the seedy strip club housed in the Broadview Hotel. The days were numbered for the business in the wake of the building being sold to Streetcar Developments in mid May. While the developer has yet to reveal its plans for the building, it was clear from the beginning that Jilly's was not a part of the site's future. The club will host a weeklong farewell party starting this Saturday. Aside from cheap drinks, it's unclear what the nature of the celebrations will be, but I'll let you use your imagination.

In other important news related to the building, next week's city council meeting will see an official heritage designation considered for the site. 704 Queen Street East is already included on the city's list of heritage properties, but it lacks the higher level of protection that comes with a formal heritage title. While it seems that Streetcar is keen to preserve the unique historical character of the building, one suspects that council will grant the designation. The Broadview Hotel might be in desperate need of repairs, but it's an important building to this city, and could play a huge role in a fully revitalized Riverside.

Photo by Dale Roddick

Discussion

17 Comments

ummm / July 3, 2014 at 01:50 pm
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Have you been the dancers?

Blown is the last thing you want.
Meth Slut replying to a comment from ummm / July 3, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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very mean thing to say. i've been clean for days.
AnOdeToThePeelers / July 3, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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TO THE NUDIE BAR!!! For one last Hurrah. Followed by a Kevorkian Burger from Dangerous Dan's. DD's and then DD's eats. Gonna miss Jilly's, too bad the "hotel" above the place was left to become an absolute cesspool of filth.

40 odd residents now have to try to find some other place they can live in for $500 a room. That's the real story, 40 people now having to scrounge to find some other place they can afford to live in on the little wee bit that welfare gives them.

The rooms were dumps, but they were at least affordable dumps.
jackson replying to a comment from Sad / July 3, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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No pun intended.
Jacob / July 3, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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What will Ford Nation do for entertainment now?
julio / July 3, 2014 at 09:02 pm
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D&D should get blown up real good ;)
Kate / July 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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I hope the owners help rehouse the residents. I believe this was done at the Drake (with the older residents given time and actually co-existing with the new renovations etc for awhile).
westerly / July 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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Nope, definitely not the Drake, it was the Gladstone.
Stephin / July 4, 2014 at 01:31 am
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Eh. Jilly's along with the rest of the grossness that is Queen and Broadview needs to be hosed down with litre after litre of heavy anti-bacterial soap. I honestly don't think there'd be any love lost if they just tore down the whole building. They already ruined its place and history in this city by letting some flea-market-tier strip club run under it.

That being said, the tenants of the building should be taken care of, no doubt.
Shane / July 4, 2014 at 02:33 am
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DRAKE EAST PLEASE.
Me / July 4, 2014 at 07:47 am
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Clearly you've never been around Queen and Broadview. Riverside and Leslie like are two of the most desirable neighbourhoods to love right now.

One out of place strip club (much like For Your Eyes Only in King W) does no make an entire area to be considered "grossness".
DonutGobbler / July 4, 2014 at 09:02 am
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Make way for the end of Filmores. If Jillys is done, the rest are soon to follow. Sex in the VIP room FTW
nope replying to a comment from DonutGobbler / July 4, 2014 at 09:51 am
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No chance.

Have you seen the type of people that inhabit George St by Filmores?

You literally have to swerve your car or bike around the ones laying in the middle of street.

Filmores aint going anywhere until all of that decrepit stretch of George St has been demolished.
tj / July 4, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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well, done is done and fine is fine.
Jilly's was was it was, but trying to re-brand the "broad-view hotel" kinda sez it all. tee hee hee, hah, hah, hah. :)
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