Fort Worth adult club goes BYOB, all-nude

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 15 at 11:30 AM

FORT WORTH - Rick's Cabaret plans to open a new adult club on the south end of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Fort Worth.

WFAA has learned the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will delay a hearing on its liquor license, which means the club will be "bring your own booze" for the Super Bowl, and the women could be all nude.

It may be until April that the debate over the liquor license is settled. The TABC has asked for more time to do its investigation.

In the meantime, the club says it will continue on with its plan.

"As a BYOB, we do have the option to allow our entertainers to be fully nude," said Eric Rubenstein, the general manager.

Rubenstein said it will be up to the dancers’ discretion whether they want to perform with no clothing.

Tarrant County officials, including Fort Worth Mayor Michael Moncrief, recently protested the club's liquor license.

Concerns over Rick's Cabaret started last summer. Between the months of May and August in 2010, six businesses filed protests with the TABC. Between December 2010 and January 2011, another eight came forward in protest.

Club operators said they were surprised to see the investigation persist for so long.

"Up to about two weeks ago, we were under the impression that we were just waiting on paperwork," Rubenstein said.

After its initial investigation in November, the TABC found no reason to join in the protest. But, after some changes in the paperwork and a new round of protests, it began another investigation.

Club operators say the business already has four other licenses in the City of Fort Worth, and did not have a problem receiving them in the past.

"If there's no Super Bowl, maybe there's no protest," Rubenstein said of his suspicions. "That's purely speculative; I don't know. But, you can put that out there."

Those with the club say it will remain BYOB and potentially fully nude until they do hear on the decision of their liquor license.

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