The Golden Banana - Route 1 -
Peabody MA 01960
Crowds flock to Golden Banana upon reopening
By Jenny Amaral / The Daily Item PEABODY - There
may be plenty of ice and snow outside in the parking
lot, but inside the Golden Banana, things are heating
Temperatures rose Monday as eager customers filled
the 10,000-foot gentlemen's club for its soft re-opening.
Just as expected, part-owner Peter Depesa said that
people were lined up before doors opened at 3 p.m.
"We had a lot of couples," Depesa said. "Husbands
and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends."
Overall, the night went smoothly. The state-of-the
art lighting and sound systems worked according
to plan and some of the 100-plus dancers made their
debut on the establishment's three stages.
"We were busy right up until closing," said Depesa,
adding that he received many compliments on how
high-class the new club is, as well as its cleanliness.
Depesa said in an earlier interview that the new
and improved Golden Banana is an example of the
"new breed" of gentlemen's clubs.
The original Route 1 showplace opened in 1981. In
2003, after 22 years of business, showgirls had
their last dance. The club was found in violation
of several safety codes and ordered by the city
to close. Since then, owners faced many obstacles
in their effort to bring the building up to code,
as well as keep it in compliance with the city's
adult zoning laws.
The City Council awarded the establishment its entertainment
license to provide live nude dancing, music, and
television last week after all repairs were made
and codes were met.
The Golden Banana is open for customers 21 years
of age and over Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m.
to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to
1 a.m. They will not be open for Christmas, New
Year's Eve, or New Year's Day.