Strip Club Hot Topic At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

In a move to halt a strip club from opening nearby, the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport plans to file a protest asking state liquor regulators to deny the club's application for a liquor license.

Rick's Cabaret, an upscale gentleman's club set to open January 20th, is located just south of the airport's southern exit on Airport Freeway. Airport officials are concerned the club would be an unsavory introduction to visitors, and deter other investors from taking advantage of thousands of acres of commercial space available in the area.

In a prepared statement, American Airlines said the club "poses a threat to the general welfare and safety of employees and passengers at the airport." American headquarters are located nearby.

Houston-based Rick's Cabaret acquired the site for $4.5 million. Eric Langan, president and chief executive of the company tells the Dallas Morning News the club intends to open its doors with or without a liquor license. Rick's will simply collect a cover charge and give away liquor or allow customers to bring their own until the club can secure the license.

"D/FW Airport sells more liquor in a day than we would in a month," Langan says. "Our clubs have been good neighbors, and we pay taxes to the cities. The city was on board with all of us before; we don't understand why that's changed."

According to the Houston Business Journal, Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief wrote a letter to the head of the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission asking the organization to deny Rick's Cabaret a liquor license.

"The threat of inebriated patrons driving under the influence due to the sale of alcohol at this location will increase the danger to persons commuting to or in the vicinity of D/FW International Airport and the headquarters of American Airlines," reads the letter.

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