New gentlemen's club coming to LR despite opposition
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
A new business is coming to Little Rock, but it's one some are against. Dozens even signed a petition and the Alcoholic Beverage Control tried everything to stop it.
The Skyroom Gentlemen’s Club has started construction, after a Pulaski County judge overturned the ABC’S decision not to grant the owner a transfer of business permit.
The owner, wanting to relocate his permit from a previous business on Asher Avenue, to a new location on Dixon Road and Arch Street.
"It's just not good for the community, it's just not good, it's going to cause problems...there's a church down the road, there's kids there, there's a daycare, it's just not good for the community,” said Rhonda Benson who signed the petition against it.
"I don't think it's a bad idea personally...I can see why the neighborhood wouldn't like it, but I don't know I’m for it,” said Russell Lambert.
The gas station across the street, even gathered a petition with dozens of signatures, the ABC taking that into consideration when they denied the owner's transfer of permit.
The ABC cited in court documents that the owner didn't qualify because the location was not in the public's interest, and that he failed to disclose there would be female dancers. However, a judge in May overturned that decision saying the ABC didn't have substantial evidence for the denial.
"I don't like it, I don't think it's right...there's other places to build things like that, way out, you know away from people, away from schools, away from daycares...so I’m totally against it,” added Benson.
"Further away from what? There's barely nothing around here except for businesses...well I guess there's a housing community behind it over there but that's the only one that I know of, I say it's a good spot,” added Lambert.
KATV attempted to contact the owner through his attorney, but haven't hear back. Meanwhile, the Skyroom's ABC permit will be granted once the club is ready to open a spokesperson said.
Scott Hardin, ABC spokesperson, also released this statement:
Although his permit transfer application was denied by ABC’s former director and the ABC board, we respect the decision of the court and will grant this permit as required.
No word on when they'll be ready to open.