Will City Smooth The Way for Silk?
Silk applies to run strip club in city-owned garage across from Bradley Center.
A week after the city denied it a license to open at 720 N. Old World Third Street, owners of Silk Exotic Gentlemen’s Club have a new location in mind — a city-owned building that has been home to a series of unsuccessful bars, most recently Centercourt Pub and Grille.
The retail space is at 1118 N. 4th St., in the first floor of a city-owned parking garage with a street address of 324 W. Highland Ave.
A Class “B” Tavern application was submitted to the City Clerk’s License Division on Wednesday, November 13th by Downtown Silk MKE LLC.
A supplemental application asks for permission to host “Adult Entertainment / Strippers / Erotic Dance,” “Patron Contests,” “Dance by Performers,” “Patrons Dancing” and 5 amusement machines.
The club did not ask for permission for “Poetry Readings,” “Karaoke,” or “Wrestling.” This is to be a classy joint.
The former operators of Centercourt stiffed the landlord (you) for approximately $200,000 in rent for the sports bar, leading Alderman Bob Bauman to sponsor successful legislation mandating semi-annual reports to the council on the status of all leases held on city buildings.
Center Court 1118 LLC opened the Center Court Pub & Grille in December 2009. It was already in arrears to the city by autumn, 2010. Total payments to the city were only $36,250, about one-fifth of what was due, according to a newsletter from the alderman.
This proposed site is a tax-exempt structure that sits on land valued at $734,000. The building itself is valued at $200,000 by the city assessor.
The application also comes with a court decision favoring the club. The city may be placed in a difficult position if it, as a potential landlord of a vacant building, would refuse to accept the application of a qualified business operating legally and within existing zoning regulations.
[A Service Request was made to the City noting: “New application for tavern license. Please check for 300′ rule.” The rule sets restrictions on the proximity of alcohol beverage establishments from certain other public uses.]
The matter has been sent to the Licenses Committee, which has yet to place it on its agenda. A hearing date in early January, 2014, would seem most likely.