Originally, the new owners of 18 Commerce Street proposed in their business plan a burlesque club that would feature dancers, which some in the community feared would mean nudity. After community concerns, they instead decided the proposed club would feature jazz, comedy, and other live performances.
Opponents of the proposed club said they believe that burlesque shows will still take place at the club, along with concerns that the club is located in an industrial zone, which has many fearing it will just fizzle out.
At the last community board meeting, a petition in favor of the club was presented to the board. However, one board member noted that many of the signatures came areas further from the site. “Nobody that lives within three blocks from this signed any of these petitions,” he said.
However, some members were less skeptical about the new club. Although not entirely optimistic, many said they would want to give the club a chance as long as there was assurances the waitresses would keep their clothes on.
The board voted and passed a motion supporting the liquor license on the grounds that the board will future review the plans for the club, which must make it clear that no burlesque entertainment or anything of an adult or sexual nature will take place.