A local businessman, who has made several failed attempts to open a strip club in Seattle over the last few years, is gearing up to open a strip club in the University District.
After years of failed attempts to bring strip clubs to downtown, Bothell, and the former site of Cyndy’s House of Pancakes on Aurora Avenue, Davis is focusing his latest efforts on opening a strip club at the site of the now-closed Giggles comedy club on 52nd and Roosevelt Way.
According to city records, Davis has dubbed his new strip joint the Jiggle’s Gentlemens Club.
In May Davis apparently took over, and shut down Giggles, and filed for licenses to open a strip club at the business. While it appears he has obtained a business license for Jiggles, it’s not clear whether he has obtained an adult cabaret license, required for all strip cluibs.
While Davis may not have the licenses necessary to open up shop, Jiggles is already looking for dancers, with recruitment ads–running in the Seattle Weekly and another paper–welcoming “refugees” from Rick’s, Honey’s, and Sugar’s strip clubs, which all closed last year after the clubs’ owners were indicted on federal racketeering charges.
Incidentally, Davis is also attempting to reopen Rick’s on Lake City, despite the fact that he does not own the property, which is currently in legal limbo.
According to a recorded message on Giggles’ main phone line, the comedy club has closed due to competition from “Indian casinos” and the Moore and Paramount theaters.
Meanwhile, a message at Jiggles says the club will open mid-November with “live nude dancers and a full restaurant.”
We’ve made several attempts to contact Davis and find out what his plans are for the space. We’ve also got calls in to the city to find out what other obstacles might stand between Davis and his dream of opening a strip club.
Update: The city tells us Davis has a business license for the club, but still needs “zoning approval” to operate a strip club. The ball is in the Department of Planning and Development’s court now.