Down to the strip

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Written by Ben Butler, The Australian

Developers, club owners and perhaps the Grollo family are set to duke it out this morning for control of the building that houses infamous nudie bar Spearmint Rhino, on Melbourne sin strip King Street.

The building is currently owned by a company controlled by the Tenuta family, whose Domenic Tenuta used to be in business with Gypsy Joker Tony Sobey.

It was also the place where Hells Angel Christopher Hudson met Collingwood footballer Alan Didak the week before going on a shooting spree that left a man dead in 2007.

But all this colour and movement could be in the past if the Grollo family, which owns the nearby Rialto tower and has long wanted to jazz up the area, snaps it up. Also mentioned as a possible purchaser is Peter Iwaniuk, who owns the Centrefold Lounge next door. The building is being sold in Burgess Rawson’s portfolio auction, from 11am at Crown Casino.