Topless bar near Target Center gets OK

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April 5, 2004 // UPDATED 1:09 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A City Council committee has approved a liquor license application for the Seville Club, billed as an "upscale, adult cabaret-themed nightclub," slated to open across from the Target Center in the old Alley blues bar space at 15 Glenwood Ave. N.

The application for a Class "A" on-sale liquor license cleared the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee without discussion at its March 24 meeting.

Under a Jan. 27 license agreement between The Seville Club LLC and the city of Minneapolis, the club is required to stick to the following terms: no "nude dancing, exposed genitals, genitals covered with a nonopaque substance, revealing or inappropriate attire, lap or couch dancing, mud wrestling or wrestling in any other substance, employee wrestling with customers or with other employees or individuals, sexual contact (whether clothed or unclothed) or sexually suggestive touching, and other similar types of activities."

In a letter to Andy Hauer, chair of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association's Land Use committee, Dean Perlman, the businessman behind the new club, suggested The Seville would improve conditions on the block, regarded as one of the seedier strips Downtown.

"During the past 10 years, this property, and the surrounding area, has faced many challenges. In the past two years alone, there have been in excess of 2,300 police calls relating to 15 Glenwood," he wrote. "I have an impeccable reputation in this industry and believe that the improvements made to this property noted above, the additional security and a nightly professional valet service will bring significant improvement to the area."

Perlman also attached three letters of support for the project from area business owners to City Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee (5th Ward), who represents Downtown, west of Hennepin Avenue.

Dermot Cowley, owner of O'Donovan's Irish Pub, 700 1st Ave. N., wrote, "The concept of a new upscale cabaret-themed nightclub will enhance our block and will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood."

Don Keefe, Jr., owner of a parking lot at 714 1st Ave. N., said Perlman's proposal would "only add to our collective resolve to clean up this neighborhood."

The parking lot owner has been in business for 20 years and wrote that he's seen a "steady decline in the clientele frequenting the area."

"It reached such an unprecedented level last August that I came within hours of closing the entire lot in a public protest. I even had a large sign prepared to block the entrance with a heading that read 'Welcome to Urinetown,'" he wrote. "Cooler heads around me prevailed and the protest was called off, but there can be no sugarcoating the fact that this area of Downtown has been in decline and is in serious need of responsible neighbors who care."

The full Council was expected to consider the nightclub's liquor license application at its April 2