UPTOWN Club owner denies report
The owner says the new club is a high-end restaurant.
By ROGER G. SMITH
CITY HALL REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- The city is looking into whether a new Uptown establishment has the right permits, but the owner says there shouldn't be a problem.
The "Bada Bing at Colonial House II," 2619 Market St., is a new fine-dining restaurant that will feature adult entertainment -- but not nude dancing, owner Bruce Paulette said today.
After dinner, the club will feature entertainment such as comedians and male and female dancers, he said. The dancing will follow city laws requiring performers to remain fully clothed, he said.
"We're basically a high-end restaurant," he said. "There's no nude dancing."
The city received a complaint Monday morning about nude dancing there and is following up, said Bill D'Avignon, deputy director of planning.
Such a business would need zoning and occupancy permits, he said. The city hasn't issued any new zoning or occupancy permits for the building.
Permits: Paulette said he has tax and food permits from the city health department and Mahoning County. Nobody said he needed any other permits, he said. Paulette said he approached the police department about his plans and was told he didn't need any other permits.
The use hasn't changed substantially from the old Colonial House so there shouldn't be a problem, Paulette said. It remains a restaurant and will do banquets and catering. If other paperwork is needed to be in those businesses, he'll do it, he said.
"Whatever we need to do, we'll do," he said.
Paulette said after establishing the business he will look at other opportunities in the Uptown.