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Council approves liquor license for nude-club owner's new business

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 20:01:38-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Today, Omaha's City Council held a session to talk about funding a redevelopment project near Nebraska Medical Center and a liquor license for a go-go dancing club...owned by Club Omaha's Shane Harrington.

Club Omaha Owner Shane Harrington is in the process of opening a new club called Hustler for which he was seeking a liquor license. In exchange for the license, Harrington said he would make Club Omaha liquor free, will allow police access to the club to check, will drop three lawsuits on behalf of the club and also promised that dancers would wear bikinis if they were promoting the business outside its walls.

Harrington says members are adults and that they don't need to be checked on but that he understands they must uphold regulations.

Omaha Council Member Aimee Melton says she finds many of the things Harrington has done despicable but that she believes approving the license would be better for the city overall.

The city's prosecutor said police have not been called to Club Omaha for any major concerns.

Harrington says he wants to be a good business man and show that his clubs are not a strain on the police and community. He hopes that they can all get along.

The city council's vote is simply a recommendation. The decision will ultimately be made by the Nebraska Liquor Commission as to whether the club is awarded a liquor license.

Council members also approved a $6.5 million TIF project near 46th and Dodge Streets. The TIF will help cover construction costs of an 8-story building with almost 300 apartments. Those opposed say people living in the area would not be able to afford to live there.