Diamonds owners, landlord settle dispute, agree to new five-year lease
By Andrew Neff | BDN Staff
BANGOR, Maine — After three weeks of quiet negotiations, all the bills have been paid, good feelings have been restored, and the owners of Diamonds Gentleman’s Club and their landlords have agreed to a new, five-year lease.
“It’s a big relief. It’s over and everybody’s happy, and now everyone can move on and get back to business,” said Michael St. Peter, Diamonds general manager.
Arayos LLC, Diamonds’ ownership group, has been involved in a dispute with landlords Tom Brann and his sons Patrick Brann and Matthew Brann over nonpayment of rent and a contention that the Branns were responsible for part of the renovation cost incurred to bring the club space up to code.
“We had a disagreement relative to several terms in the lease and couldn’t come to terms without the assistance of the courts,” said Tom Brann. “Now we’ve redrafted the lease to eliminate all the confusion there and other than that, the lease hasn’t really changed much — conditions at least from our standpoint are still the same — and so that’s all history and we hope to continue on for the next 20 years.”
All back rent — which the Branns successfully sued for, and were awarded $35,466 at Penobscot Judicial Center last month — has been paid and the lease agreement has been revised.
“We agreed on which portion of the renovations were Arayos’ responsibilities and which were ours,” said Brann. “We basically simplified the lease with a monthly rental rate for the space, and they’re responsible for variable utilities like electricity, heat, and air conditioning.
“We picked up sewer and water up to a certain point along with trash disposal, so we can consolidate that with the building’s other businesses and use one big dumpster out back.”
St. Peter, fellow manager Randy Stone, and bar manager Brittany LeVasseur all said they are relieved to have the legal dispute behind them.
“All I know is we have a new lease for five years with an option to renew, and everybody’s happy. Everything carries on as normal regarding our business,” said St. Peter. “The dispute probably concerned everyone … but it never affected our business operations.”
Business has been fairly brisk for the club, even during the last few weeks while club officials and the Branns wrangled in and out of court.
“One of the things [Diamonds consultant and now minority owner] Jimmie Ellis said to us when we opened was he wanted this place to be like a nightclub where people have a good time, and there just happen to be semi-nude, beautiful women dancing around,” said Stone. “Other than not having a dance floor, that’s almost exactly what the clientele gets.
“People tell us the music is better than a lot of other clubs they go to. This just happens to be a gentlemen’s club as well.”
Brann said the new lease took effect on June 1 and runs for five years. Arayos, which opened the club Feb. 22, has an option to extend it for three years in the final six months of the five-year lease and can continue to do so for a 20-year period.
Source: Bangor Daily News
The 207Rewind.com encourages comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service.
- Keep it civil and stay on topic
- No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks.
- People who harass others or joke about tragedies may be blocked or removed.
The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (See More):
It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list.
- Don't insult one another or the subjects of 207Rewind.com stories. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. Remember that young people are on this site too.
- That nasty line that makes your buddies go "haw, haw"? You're better than that.
- Comments should be your own work, not copied and pasted from elsewhere, though brief quoted passages to make your point are fine. And please don't use all capital letters. There's no need to shout.
- Stay focused on the issue in the article. Off-topic posts will be deleted.
- This isn't a forum to chat about your personal life.
- Some ideas — the fate of the earth, abortion, gun control, the nature of God — aren't going to be resolved in a reader forum, so no need to get frustrated if others don't see your point of view. State your position once and leave it at that.
- If you mouse over each comment you will see a "Flag" button. Please use it if you feel comments on the site are out of line. Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported.
- Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at comments@207Rewind.com and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment.