Strip club

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A strip club in Riverwest?

Published Feb. 12, 2018

Tha Circle, 2221 N. Humboldt Ave., applied for a Class B Tavern license renewal with the addition of "adult entertainment / strippers / exotic dancers."

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Urban spelunking: State Theater, former Hoops strip joint & The Palms rock club

Published Feb. 10, 2017

What a long strange trip it was. While theaters like the Downer and Oriental have venerable histories as long-running cinema houses, consider, if you will, the the more varied history of the now-dilapidated State Theater, 2616 W. State St. Originally a movie theater, the State has served a number of purposes - rock venue, prudish dance hall and strip club - in its nearly 100-year history.

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Fear, not facts, keeps strip club out of Downtown

Published Oct. 1, 2015

Over the last several months Dave Begel has seen a steady parade of fear mongers show up and convince a Common Council committee to turn down applications for a strip club in Downtown Milwaukee.

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City could have potential costs of $4 million in denying license for strip club

Published Sept. 21, 2015

Silk Exotic has been denied once again in its efforts to open a strip club in downtown Milwaukee. During the hearing Alerman Mark Borkowski brought up the costs to the city as a result of lawsuits and judgements against the city in cases brought by Silk. Attorneys for Silk estimate the potential liability for the city at about $4 million.

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Silk strip club owners win big against the city

Published Feb. 19, 2015

The owners Silk Exotic today won a big victory in federal court as a jury awarded them a judgement of almost half a million dollars for revenue lost because the city would not grant them a license for a Downtown strip club.

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7 stereotypes about strip clubs and strippers

Published Feb. 3, 2014

As Downtown Milwaukee considers its first new strip club in a long time, I thought it would be fun to clear the air about some of the stereotypes strip clubs and strippers tend to have. Granted, there are stereotypes for a reason, right?

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A Downtown strip club seems like a sure thing

Published Sept. 17, 2013

Don't look now, but the odds have so drastically improved that a strip club in Downtown Milwaukee seems to be an almost sure thing. Ald. Robert Bauman, who represents Downtown, told me Tuesday that a recent court ruling allowing the owners of Silk Exotic to sue the city for damages for past refusals to issue a license, exposes the city to a penalty that could range to a million dollars.