DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM/KRLD) – An all-nude strip club right outside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is set to open this evening, this despite protests from neighbors and city leaders.
Tarrant County leaders and American Airlines officials tried to stop the opening of Rick’s Cabaret by protesting the liquor license, but it didn’t work.
Rick’s opened Thursday evening without the license and without restrictions, meaning its BYOB and all-nude.
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley opposes the opening of the club and says having a strip club right at the airport exit is not only bad for other businesses around it, but he also doesn’t want Rick’s to be the first thing people see as they come out of DFW Airport. “The thought was is, if by chance we can keep their liquor license away there won’t be near as much profit.”
Speaking with KRLD NewsRadio 1080, Rick’s CEO Eric Langdon said, “I think they really thought they were gonna stop the business from opening, and didn’t realize that the liquor permit actually has nothing to do with the right to open and operate a sexually oriented business here.”
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) spokeswoman Carolyn Beck says there will be less over-sight all the way around. “Peace officers can’t go into the location unless they have permission or a search warrant or probable cause.”
Langdon says they are not looking to run a seedy joint, in fact they hope to do just the opposite. “We’re publicly traded on the NASDAQ,” he explained. “They’re the third busiest airport. We just really wanted to have good access and visibility for our brand before the Super Bowl.”
TABC officials say the hearing concerning the liquor license application is set for March and they are asking for a one-month continuance until April.