VALLEY BROOK — The Valley Brook town trustees are considering a proposal from a developer looking to open an all-nude strip club in the tiny Oklahoma City suburb.
All-nude clubs are rare in Oklahoma — and anywhere in the U.S. — because club owners usually cannot sell alcohol or food if dancers are totally naked while they entertain.
If the club in Valley Brook were to open, it would be only the second one of its kind currently operating in Oklahoma.
Most all-nude clubs were put out of business or changed their policies in the late 1980s, when Oklahoma lawmakers made it illegal to serve alcohol in totally nude establishments.
Such bars are not even allowed to operate in Oklahoma City, even if they don't serve alcohol.
According to a Valley Brook town trustee who did not want his named used because of the early stages of the proposed development, the owners of the new club are already players in the local strip bar scene.
‘Family restaurant' is planned for complex
The trustee said the developers plan to open the new club, which will be called Déjà vu, before the end of the year. The new club would be in a shopping center that already is home to Little Darlings, the largest strip club in Valley Brook. Developers told the town trustees the new club would be a juice bar and wouldn't sell alcohol.
News that an all-nude club will open before the end of the year has some residents concerned. Some were concerned because the developers of the all-nude club also plan to open a “family restaurant” in the same shopping complex.
Anthony Lawson, who lives in Valley Brook, was interviewed by a local TV reporter following the unveiling of the developer's plans. He was skeptical about the prospect of an all-nude club opening in his town.
“Why would you bring your family to eat there ... or do anything there,” Lawson asked the reporter. “I didn't even know all-nude bars existed in Oklahoma.”
At least one does.
In Tulsa, an all-nude club called Escapades has been operating for years.
Tia Hutcheson, who has worked as a bartender and waitress at Escapades for the past three years, said the club does a brisk business “or else I wouldn't still be working here.”
Escapades is “18 and up” and serves cookies and chips in sealed packages, Hutcheson said. Beverages sold at the business, on Tulsa's east side, include soft drinks, bottled water, Red Bull and nonalcoholic beer.
But it's the promise of all-nude dancers that keeps the customers coming in, Hutcheson said.
“Oh yes, there are people that come in just because of that ... it's a big deal for some of our customers,” she said. “I don't see what the big deal is.”
As for Déjà vu, the town trustee said he thinks it will open in the near future.
“These people, the developers, they have places here already and in other states, so I think they probably did their homework,” he said.
“I don't think they would come this far if they hadn't checked it out.”
The Valley Brook town trustees are scheduled to resume discussing the all-nude strip club Oct. 8 during the next regular meeting.
These people, the developers, they have places here already and in other states, so I think they probably did their homework. I don't think they would come this far if they hadn't checked it out.”
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