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Mar-22-2007 00:14printcomments

Controversial South Salem Strip Club to Open Its Doors Thursday

Opponents and city officials say they will keep a watchful eye over the new club.

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(SALEM) - A controversial south Salem strip club, that will feature nude dancing, will open its doors on Thursday at 11:00 AM.

Presley's on South Commercial
in Salem, Photo by Kevin Hays

Frank Boussad, who owns Big Shots Bar & Broiler in North Salem, is opening Presley's Playhouse Cabaret in the former Mike's steakhouse, 3803 Commercial St. SE.

Opponents and the Salem City Council fought hard last summer and fall to try and keep the OLCC from granting the business a liquor license.

They cited the fact that the club would be located in a residential area, near city parks, schools, churches, a school and city bus stop, and businesses that cater to children.

On August 28th, the city council voted unanimously to send an unfavorable liquor license recommendation to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for the following reasons:

"The club will be located within 500 feet in a urban or suburban areas or within 1,500 feet in a rural area of the boundary (measured property line to property line) of a licensed child care facility or elementary or secondary school; a church; a hospital; nursing care facility or convalescent care facility; a park or children-oriented recreational facility; and alcohol and other drug treatment or rehabilitation facility and will adversely impact the facility."

Chairman Brad Nanke also claimed that according to ORS 471.313, the applicant is not of good repute and moral character. The Board felt the presence of a park and possibly other facilities set out in OAR 845-005-0326(2)(a) within the 500-foot boundary of property line was grounds for denial of the license, and that the applicant’s moral character Frank Boussad, who owns Big Shots Bar & Broiler in North Salem, is planning on opening Presley's Playhouse Cabaret in the former Mike's steakhouse, 3803 Commercial St. SE should be examined.

However, the Oregon Liquor Control Board of Commissioners on October 14th approved the club's license. OLCC spokesman Ken Palke said board's decision was based on the fact that opponents, including the City of Salem, failed to prove any legal reason why the club should not be approved for a liquor license.

“Basically no license refusal criteria applied in this case” Palke said.

Midge Houck owns the property just north of the proposed club that includes the South Salem Immediate Care Clinic and Jackson Hewitt Tax Services.

She says that parking is a huge issue at the new club and former restaurant, and when the club opens she plans to have neighbors armed with cell phones walking her property looking for club patron's vehicles and having them towed.

At the time of sale, Presley's was Mike's
Steak House, Photo by Kevin Hays

“He just doesn’t understand yet just how bad we all don’t want it, and we are going to fight and keep fighting to keep the club out of south Salem. When it opens will are going to make things really tough on him and his patrons,” Houck said.

Houck added that she plans on installing a chain link fence around her properties to keep club patrons away.

Salem Police Chief Gerry Moore says that these types of clubs that are currently open in the Salem-area do a great job of policing themselves from problems.

The last thing they want is police cars outside their business drawing attention, "It’s bad, really bad, for those types of business," he said.

Opponents of the club say they are only looking at the club's existence as a question of morality.

Faye Wright Neighborhood Association Chairperson Julia Allison who led the charge to try and keep the club from opening said she is disappointed by Thursday’s opening, but vows to keep fighting to keep strip clubs from opening in residential neighborhoods.

"The laws in Oregon need to be changed, not only to protect our children, but to make the community a better place to live as a whole" Allison said.

To keep clubs like this from opening in other Oregon neighborhoods, Houck, along with Allison and former Republican State Party Chairman and Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix formed a Political Action Committee called Oregonians Protecting Neighborhoods.

“This is why we are working so hard to get our initiative petition on the November 2008 ballot, to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow state, county, and city governments to use alcohol regulatory authority and zoning authority to restrict the location and operation of any strip club and any strip act” Houck said.

Presley's Playhouse Cabaret will offer free hamburgers to patrons from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Thursday as part of it’s grand opening celebration.

Business hours are 11:30 AM to 2:00 AM Monday – Saturday; Sunday 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM.




Comments

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redfoxxx January 19, 2009 11:34 am (Pacific time)

Ethyl Bush you realy need to let people live how they want. you say that all of the people that go there are "non churchgoing hooligans. You are pure heathen, disturbed and oversexed" i know that if they told you how to live you would tell them to go #$%& off. so try to live your life (what you have left) for your self and let every one else live how they wish.

Editor: redfoxxx, you can't use profanity here.


mg October 7, 2007 11:02 am (Pacific time)

My wife and I went there last night and I have to say it was the best club ever! The bouncers were great other than the one that was hitting on my wife lol but hey he was still nice, the bartenders made sure we liked our drinks anf OMG the girls are amazing. Take it from an X-Stars fan you cant go wrong here.


lurker April 1, 2007 12:59 am (Pacific time)

I been 3 times so far and it's lots of fun. Sweet dancers and good food and drinks. Very cozy as well. I'll be going back many more times. I'll even bring my old lady, we will have a blast.


Matt Johnson March 23, 2007 8:26 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Ethyl, have you ever tried surfing? It might loosen you up a little bit. Surf to live live to surf - the Malibu crew.


Ethyl Bush March 23, 2007 8:10 pm (Pacific time)

Why... I never! You, little whippersnapper! Why I've got half a mind to bend you over and paddle your little hyde. The Capitol Manner is for snotty ex-cheerleader retirees, not churchgoing, God-fearing women. You're probably all smoking marijuana and selling drugs on the beach, I know your types! Go watch those floozies and platinum blondes, you wouldn't know what a real woman was if she rammed you with her walker!


OWNER March 23, 2007 6:31 pm (Pacific time)

Come on down, drinks are on me, and the cab ride home. You have my word! For first seven who mention this post. Password: Rosebud


JAFO; March 23, 2007 8:26 am (Pacific time)

didn't they just bust some people for running a house of prostitution in Gladstone?, not that I'm inferring such activities occur in these types of places. Maybe I'd better send one of my associates to observe their behaviour?! I'll keep you posted!


Glenn W. March 23, 2007 8:01 am (Pacific time)

Ethyl do you live at Capitol Manor?? I'm a church goer, and won't be going to the strip club, but oversexed?? Come on sounds like someone needs a little pick me up. Why not just head out to the nursing home hallway and pick-up one of those nice men riding by, give him some vigara, and get back to reality.


smashed squad 3.,over?; March 22, 2007 8:51 pm (Pacific time)

uhh...,yeahh, roger that.


Ethyl Bush March 22, 2007 6:55 pm (Pacific time)

Oh it's all fun and games to you non churchgoing hooligans. You are pure heathen, disturbed and oversexed in my opinion!


Charlie Sheen March 22, 2007 6:37 pm (Pacific time)

I was wondering since the girls work as private contrators can they deliver me one along with a hamburger at the Salem Airport???


Charles Portland Road March 22, 2007 6:33 pm (Pacific time)

My wife won't let me go near the place so I was wondering if I could get my free hamburgers and drinks to go??


Bill O'Reilly is a freak March 22, 2007 6:30 pm (Pacific time)

Can you get a private phone call instead of a private dance?? I love to talk dirty on the phone.


????? March 22, 2007 6:22 pm (Pacific time)

come on people leave it alone..give it a rest.. if you dont like it, dont go near it... it's that simple...mind your own business!!


Hogie March 22, 2007 5:47 pm (Pacific time)

KATU did a story on this, showing a nice looking dancer, working for a living and a fat welfare mom with four kids and a grandchild complaining. I vote for the nice looking woman that is working.


john March 22, 2007 3:12 pm (Pacific time)

yea who cares if its sleezy. it makes money and its legal. thats all that matters. right? its what the guys will pay big money to see and do.


Julie Lynn March 22, 2007 3:04 pm (Pacific time)

He probably would like it if you "caught" him there either!


Jill March 22, 2007 2:50 pm (Pacific time)

I wouldn't like it if I caught my husband there.


Blazers Players March 22, 2007 12:43 pm (Pacific time)

Where can I get some $1 in south Salem?? Kobe Bryant


Dale Corvallis March 22, 2007 12:41 pm (Pacific time)

I agree with Jeff, leave this guy alone, if you don't like it don't visit it. You'll just look like fools if you go and picket it, or it's just your way of getting media attention, which really only helps the owner.


Jeff Smythe March 22, 2007 12:29 pm (Pacific time)

I understand that people are upset but doesn't this guy have aright to own and operate a legal business? I won't be visiting any time soon but it seems to me that people should have a right to do this if they want, especially if the business is responsible.

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