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Posted: 10:49 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
A controversial new business opened Thursday in downtown San Jose that has one city council member promising to take action.
The Gold Club at Market and West Santa Clara Streets is a "bikini bar," meaning women working inside are clad in skimpy bathing suits while working as waitresses or dancers.
The grand opening Thursday night featured porn star Katie Morgan.
"Pretty girls, good drinks, gorgeous atmosphere," summed up George Mull, attorney for the Gold Club.
That view is not shared by City Council member Sam Liccardo.
"We know that clubs like this involve a lot of people with cash", said Liccardo. "Usually men in the early evening, women late in the evening."
Liccardo says such clubs often attract robberies and assaults. He is proposing measures aimed at limiting how the Gold Club advertises, as well as banning lap dancing and table top dancing.
"I think his concerns are unfounded," countered attorney Mull. "I think his plan to place restrictions are not going to be successful."
Opinions from San Jose residents were mixed.
"I'm actually surprised that a business like this was permitted by the city to open in the downtown area," said local Julienne Nucum.
"If it's a business that generates revenues for the city, then that's great," said resident Carlo Miranda. "I just don't want any side effects."
While KTVU cameras were not allowed inside the club, quick peek inside during the early evening revealed two pole dancers performing while couples sipped drinks at tables.
Alcohol is served so no one under 21 is allowed. Club managers said they expected 120 people for Thursday night's opening, each paying a $20 cover charge.
The San Jose City Council is expected to take up the matter of restrictions sometime in the next few weeks.
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