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Hooters-type restaurant planned for site of former strip club

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The building once home to Club Crush has been shuttered for months.

Take a closer look and you'll see a notice posted near the door, notification of an application for an alcoholic beverage permit. The name on the note is Dave West.

West said he's hoping to have the building back in business in a couple of months. But this time, no nudity.

"I'm looking to open up kind of like an upscale Hooters, Twin Peaks type of establishment," said West. "More of a restaurant serving sandwiches and wings and stuff like that. You know I want attractive women wearing nice outfits. Nothing strip club-ish."

The club has a long history of very adult entertainment along with a considerable track record of criminal activity. Everything from gambling to prostitution and even murder.

It had also become a real problem for many in a nearby neighborhood.

Willie Gunn lives on Pearl Street, a short distance from the club property.

"It has been a nuisance for this community because of the fact that they've had gambling down there," he said. "They have drugs down there and anywhere they have drugs and gambling they're going to have guns."

The property is owned by businessman Jerry Britt, who told WIS he plans to keep a close eye on the operation if West is successful in getting the alcohol permit.

 The Richland County Sheriff's Department will be watching too.

 A deputy stopped by Friday to snap a photo of the application notice and report back to Sheriff Leon Lott.

"I definitely don't want the police having to show up every other night like they have been in the past few years," said West. "I've never had any trouble like that with businesses before and I don't plan on having it here."

The building has at the very least a colorful and sometimes violent past: A 2006 murder of a club bouncer that resulted in a highly publicized trial and the conviction of midlands attorney Dewain Herring.  Federal authorities say last year a group of Hell's Angels set fire to the club, causing $100,000 in damage.

And it is said many years ago, when the business was known as Crockmeyer's, it hosted a performance by blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Owner Jerry Britt says the new club does not have a name yet. 

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