CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - They lost their liquor license after recent drug raids and nowthey're losing the clothes. The dancers are taking it all off atRick's Tally Ho in Cheektowaga.
Strip clubs are part of a $5 billion industry in the U.S. Someof them offer only topless dancing, while others allow dancers totake it all off. Rick's Tally Ho in Cheektowaga is now one of thelatter.
Cheektowaga resident Gloria Sokolowski said, "I'm not crazyabout it. I don't think it's a good idea. A lot of children aroundhere. I'm not crazy about it."
Sokolowski lives across the street. One of the few houses nearRick's Tally Ho. She's never had a problem with the strip club. Shejust doesn't like the idea of having it so close to home where manyof her grandchildren come to visit. Town Supervisor Mary Holtz hasalready received some phone calls about the new change.
Holtz said, "Legally, we can't do anything about it. The UnitedStates Constitution doesn't prevent us from having these businessesand that business was there. Basically, we'll just be vigilant. Wehave one of the best police departments in western New York."
The State Liquor Authority suspended the club's liquor licenseafter a drug raid last month. It's for that reason the club can nowoffer nude dancing. You can offer one or the other in New YorkState, but not both.
"This business falls under non-conforming use. If it goes out ofbusiness for one year it will completely close up," said Holtz.
The club's owner and manager declined an interview for thisstory. Most people we spoke with seem to be okay with Rick's TallyHo. It's been here for years and they're used to it.
"It isn't that I approve of it. I mean, it's never bothered mebefore they had the topless there before. I'm sort of in the middlethere," said resident Velia Scilingo.
Sokolowski said, "No, no they don't bother me. I don't gothere."
In the U.S. more money is spent in strip clubs than is spent ontheatre, opera, ballet, jazz and classical music concertscombined.
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