The weekend forecast calls for stormy weather dismaying many. But, on Bourbon Street, a few gentlemen’s clubs are happy that their customers can continue to make it rain. A civil district ruling returned the liquor licenses to three of five strip clubs sanctioned by the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) on Tuesday (10.27).
In an emergency hearing in Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Regina Woods issued a temporary restraining order allowing The Mansion on Bourbon, Centerfolds, and Lipstixx to resume selling booze.
ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert was not happy
"New Orleans is going to have to make a decision- does it want law and order or does it want to be like the Wild Wild West? Citizens across the state entrust ATC and our law enforcement partners to make the French Quarter a safer place," stated Hebert. “Human trafficking, prostitution, and drugs go hand in hand. We must attack these as a united front if we are going to clean things up.”
The ATC conducted a month long sting titled, “Operation Trick Or Treat.” At the conclusion, five strip clubs had their liquor licenses pulled. Each business was accused of multiple counts of prostitution and CDS (drug sales), as well as at least one count of lewd/improper conduct. The clubs all stop operating after the reprimand.
Chez Joey and Dixie Divas were also shuttered and will remain so for the near future.
The fate of all five clubs will be decided at a court hearing on the docket for next week. In the meantime, the reopened clubs are certain to enjoy the lucrative holiday weekend.
Calls to the clubs for comment were not returned.