"Plus-Size" Club Opens in Reno

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The night club caters to plus-size customers and those who enjoy the company of plus-sized people. The founders are a girlfriend and boyfriend couple who say Reno needed a place where everyone feels comfortable.

Tony Piersanti and Jean Olson have dating for a year. They got the idea for a plus-size nightclub in Reno after attending similar venues in Southern California.

"Tony's obviously much thinner than I am and we'll be in a regular club that's out there and he'll go through the crowd very easily and I will just have to sit and wait. You know, he went through a space this big and obviously I can't fit through that size," said Olson.

The couple plans to transform a room at Cantina Los Tres Hombres in Victorian Square into a full-fledged nightclub once a week. It will include dancing and drinks, much like any other club...but Olson and Piersanti say it will be geared toward accepting people of all sizes.

"We don't care if you're a size 12, 8 or 26, we just want you to come and have a good time. I'm like a buck 50 soakin' wet, but I have a great time at these. They accept me for who I am," Piersante.

Critics say the club may promote things like "Chubby Chasers," or "Fat Admirers," both terms sometimes used on online dating sites...but the couple says their club is clean, and just about having fun.

"The club is not geared toward 'chubby chasing' or being an 'F-A.' It's a general preference, not a fetish. It's kind of like a man likes blonde-haired woman. I like a big woman," said Piersante.

The couple says they have already gotten a lot of response from the community. Their MySpace message inbox is overflowing with comments from people who say they are happy Reno finally has a place that welcomes them.

"I mean, we are an odd couple. He is thin and I am not. People look at us and think they shouldn't be together. But some look at us and say wow, they've found love even though they look so different," said Olson.

The grand opening is Friday, October 19th at 9:30 p.m. at Cantina Los Tres Hombres in Sparks. They plan to have a similar gathering every Friday, same same time and place. The cover charge is $10.00.

Visit their website for more details: www.clubpluslife.com