Whately’s Club Castaway to reopen under new ownership

  • Nick Spagnola and Julius Sokol of Whately Investments LLC closed on the Club Castaway business and property in August. They plan to reopen the strip club on Oct. 29. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Julius Sokol, left, and Nicholas Spagnola, owners of Club Castaway, stand outside the Whately strip club in May when they were the prospective buyers of the property. They closed on the business and the property in August. Staff File Photo/Joshua Solomon

Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2019 2:00:12 AM

WHATELY — Franklin County’s only strip club is set to reopen under new ownership this month, with two events scheduled to commemorate the occasion.

Nicholas Spagnola and Julius Sokol of Whately Investments LLC closed on the Club Castaway property and business at 226 State Road in early August, and are putting the final touches on the building, as required by the town.

Spagnola said a security camera system is being installed and a concrete-block wall behind the facility is nearing completion. A fence on the eastern side of the property is also being finished.

“Everything has been going smoothly,” he said Monday, adding that the business will reopen on Oct. 29.

Last year, the Whately Selectboard approved the transfer of the liquor and adult entertainment licenses, on several conditions. The Selectboard previously voted to give the police chief access to the building’s internal security video footage.

Spagnola and Sokol, businessmen from East Boston, purchased Club Castaway from longtime owner Demetrious “Jimmy the Greek” Konstantopoulos.

Spagnola said the club will celebrate its reopening night on Oct. 29 by hosting a popular act from New York City at 7 p.m. On Oct. 31, there will be a Halloween costume party and a “wicked witch party.”

He said many people have asked him what they can expect from the club’s reopening.

“I think you can expect us to reinvent the way people think about adult entertainment, and we’re really just trying to make this a great place to work for entertainers and a great place for customers to come ... and have a good old-fashioned time,” he said.

Spagnola said he and Sokol are working on plans to have police detail present during hours of operation — which are expected to be noon to 1 a.m., seven days a week — as the town requires. Spagnola said plans for renovation are on hold, as the club is on the waiting list for qualified contractors.

Spagnola and Sokol have abandoned previous plans to start a marijuana farm at 62 Christian Lane in Whately, however the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals voted in September to grant them a variance and conditional use permit to an adult-use marijuana facility set for Maverick Square.

 

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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