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Judge: No booze permits for Hooters-style restaurant at site of former strip club

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A major setback happened Wednesday for an effort to restart business activity at the former site of a notorious strip club in Richland County.

Administrative Law Judge Deborah Brooks Durden ruled against granting alcoholic beverage permits to the owners of a proposed adult-oriented restaurant in the 3700 block of River Drive. That was the location of several strip clubs, including the one known most recently as Club Crush.

A company known as Barfly Enterprises planned to open what its owner called a restaurant similar to Hooters, but with more scantily-clad waitresses.

Applicant Dave West said he planned to hire women who previously worked at the location.

The plan met with resistance from the Richland County Sheriff's Department, a nearby church, and homeowners.

The court ruled the new business was "likely to be a nuisance to the community."

Educator, consultant and former interim Richland elections director Dr. Jasper Salmond heads the Riverside Terrace neighborhood group and opposed the new business.

"Not that we were interested in businesses not being there, but we did not want a repeat of the really the suffering this community had gone through when those clubs were in operation under different names," said Salmond.

The former Club Crush had a long history of very adult entertainment along with a considerable track record of criminal activity -- everything from gambling to prostitution and even murder.

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