Denver- Penthouse magazine is strutting into Denver.
Only it’s arriving in the form of an upscale strip club named, naturally enough, The Penthouse Club Denver.
It’s part of a chain of Penthouse Clubs that have permission to use the skin magazine’s name.
The club’s owner, VCG Holding Corp. of Lakewood, said the nightspot – actually located in Glendale – won’t be a bump- and-grind strip joint.
Rather, it will feature fine dining including flaming chateaubriand served at your table, as well as top-flight champagnes and -cognacs. (Beer will be available, too.) Strippers will perform to elaborate light shows. And a boutique will peddle Penthouse Club memorabilia.
“The way we envision the Denver Penthouse Club is: You take the greatest elements of the nightclub and the greatest elements of the strip club and you merge them together,” said VCG Holding spokesman John Soto.
To operate the club, VCG Holding struck a deal with Penthouse magazine publisher General Media Inc. The New York company, in the process of emerging from bankruptcy protection, has sought to cash in on the Penthouse name by licensing a chain of clubs. Started in 1965, Penthouse magazine has a reputation for being more explicit than rival Playboy.
VCG Holding owns 16 adult clubs around the country, most operating under the “PT” name.
The Denver club is set to open today. It’s located in the same building that housed former strip clubs Mile High Saloon and PT’s Gold Club.
A well-known Glendale strip club, Shotgun Willie’s, isn’t worried.
“We’ve been here 22 years and we’re not going to go anywhere,” said manager Michelle Poague.