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UPDATE: Area residents not sad to see Jilly's strip club go
The historic building at the corner of Queen and Broadview has been purchased by a developer
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Long-standing Toronto strip club Jilly's is on its way out.
Photo: Google StreetView

Riverside area residents are not sad to hear a long-standing strip club is closing down.

Early Tuesday morning, a developer announced it has purchased the historic building at the corner of Queen St and Broadview Ave, which houses Jilly's.

Streetcar Developments says it is closing down the establishments.

Many people who live and work nearby were shocked to hear the news, but relieved.

"It's a bit of a pariah," one local business owner says of Jilly's.

Carmela, who works in a children's centre across the street, says some of the 10-year-olds know that "the ladies dance on the tables," but she directs any questions to their parents.

Originally built in 1893, the building became a meeting place for visiting Shriners and Masons, who rented rooms.

The building then became known as the Broadview Hotel, and as the Lincoln Hotel for a time around 1933.  

It is now a boarding house, with the strip club at street level.

Streetcar has not said what the building will now house, only saying that the company doesn't envision a condo at the location.

Rick Auiler, co-owner of An Sibin Irish pub across the street, says he hopes a boutique hotel moves in. There have been rumours in the past that Drake was considering opening up an east-end location there.

"For a number of reasons, I think the whole neighbourhood will be happy to see Jilly's go," he says.

Whatever the strip club is replaced with, the news of an onwership change has the neighbourhood buzzing.

"To hear it's been sold and not knowing what it's going to become is a mystery," area resident William says.

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Long-standing Toronto strip club Jilly's is on its way out.
Photo: Google StreetView

Riverside area residents are not sad to hear a long-standing strip club is closing down.

Early Tuesday morning, a developer announced it has purchased the historic building at the corner of Queen St and Broadview Ave, which houses Jilly's.

Streetcar Developments says it is closing down the establishments.

Many people who live and work nearby were shocked to hear the news, but relieved.

"It's a bit of a pariah," one local business owner says of Jilly's.

Carmela, who works in a children's centre across the street, says some of the 10-year-olds know that "the ladies dance on the tables," but she directs any questions to their parents.

Originally built in 1893, the building became a meeting place for visiting Shriners and Masons, who rented rooms.

The building then became known as the Broadview Hotel, and as the Lincoln Hotel for a time around 1933.  

It is now a boarding house, with the strip club at street level.

Streetcar has not said what the building will now house, only saying that the company doesn't envision a condo at the location.

Rick Auiler, co-owner of An Sibin Irish pub across the street, says he hopes a boutique hotel moves in. There have been rumours in the past that Drake was considering opening up an east-end location there.

"For a number of reasons, I think the whole neighbourhood will be happy to see Jilly's go," he says.

Whatever the strip club is replaced with, the news of an onwership change has the neighbourhood buzzing.

"To hear it's been sold and not knowing what it's going to become is a mystery," area resident William says.

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