Rendezvous' days as strip club over

While purchasers who have made an offer on the Rendezvous Hotel have not revealed their plans, or even their names, they can no longer operate it as a strip club.

City community development supervisor Randy Lambright said legislation from the province forbids exotic dancing from new liquor establishments unless a specific variance is given.

Operations like the Rendezvous Hotel and Plaza Hotel in Kamloops are grandfathered as an existing use. But legislation also says if they do not operate for six months, their grandfathering rights are stripped away.

The province pulled the hotel's liquor licence and the City revoked its business permit last year after an RCMP investigation revealing it was involved in the drug trade. Owner Christine Rae was sent to jail on drug convictions, but has served her time.

"The clock started ticking," Lambright said. "They've been out of operation for at least six months."

The hotel is under foreclosure proceedings. The pending sale agreement must be approved by the B.C. Supreme Court.

© Copyright 2018 Kamloops Daily News