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Strip Club With Controversial Twist Sets Sights On Nashville


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An adult entertainment club will soon open their doors in Nashville. City leaders seem to be giving it a thumbs up, but the nature of what happens inside the club will be a shock to many.

Gentlemens' clubs with female exotic dancers are common to Nashville.

"This is going to be the first male strip club in Tennessee," said club co-owner Cole Wakefield. "We cater to anybody who wants to come see men dance naked."

Wakefield said this was not burlesque or Chippendales. He bought the old Ken's Gold Club on 5th Avenue. Later this month Wakefield will open a strip club with male dancers who will take all their clothes off.

Wakefield's renovation included replacing the brass dancing pole.

"We decided to man it up - stainless steel for a tougher look to it," said Wakefield.

Metro Councilman Michael Craddock does not want Nashville to become known as host to one of the south's only male strip clubs.

"I'm sick to my stomach - I'm just absolutely sick," said Craddock. "It's different for a man to show himself than a woman. It's another step in the wrong direction."

The city's adult business licensing board confirmed the bar to be called ‘Arrow Nashville' will likely get the green light.

"If Metro council could do something - you're looking at the man who would do it," said Craddock.

John Herbison, attorney for the club, said a legal challenge was possible.

"I'd say look at your history and bring it on," said Herbison.

Herbison said with so many female strip clubs already in the city denying a male club would be discriminatory.

"It's time to let the market decide whether a show bar featuring male dancers will be successful," said Herbison.

Critics like Craddock hope the show bar does not survive. Others like club-goer Clint Hudler said the new bar will fill a nitch in the city.

"I think Nashville needs to be ready - it's time for some change," said Hudler.

City inspectors said as long as the show bar follows the licensing guidelines it will be legal.

A final approval on the business was expected later this month with a grand opening scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

The owner said it was not a gay strip club. Men and women will both be welcome.

The city's adult business licensing board reports having already received several applications from around the country from dancers interested in working at the new strip club.

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