From the Times Ledger:
The owner of a Long Island City strip club is warning Community Board 2 that its efforts to stop his liquor license application could result in a far racier club with a younger audience.
Gus Drakopoulos, who grew up in Astoria and runs the Sin City gentlemen’s club in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, said the club itself can proceed with or without the license. Without alcohol on the premises, he said, exotic dancers can dance fully nude instead of topless and the minimum age drops from 21 to 18.
Would Drakopoulos, who said Sin City aspires to be a classier, more upscale establishment than what typically goes in the outer boroughs, be willing to go that route?
“If they leave me no choice, yes,” he said. “We don’t want to, but we have the right.”
The two-story brick building was formerly the site of Smiley’s Flowers, a wholesaling company. Construction plans show the converted building would have 12 karaoke rooms and a main lounge with two cash bars on the lower floor and a service bar on the upper floor, according to application documents. The plans call for a maximum occupancy of 299 people.