Regina's loses liquor license for 20 days

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

After nearly a year of appeals, Regina's House of Dolls must suspend liquor sales for 20 days after being charged with 12 counts of lewdness.

Four undercover liquor control agents investigated the club March 17 and reported witnessing simulated acts of sexual intercourse and dancers displaying "unauthorized areas of the body," said Don Pickard of the Missouri Division of Liquor Control.

At the time, three dancers were cited by city police for simulating sexual acts with customers and violating laws prohibiting nudity.

Owned by Night Clubs Inc., Regina's, which bills itself as "Cape's only gentlemen's club," was originally sentenced to a 30-day suspension of its liquor license.

After an appeal of the decision, the club's liquor-by-the-drink license suspension was reduced to 20 days, Pickard said. The suspension took effect Monday.

Regina's will be able to keep its doors open and have live shows during the suspension, but no liquor may be served or consumed.

A call to the club Monday evening confirmed it would remain open as usual during the suspension -- minus the drinks.

Regina's House of Dolls opened in Cape Girardeau in 1995 despite letters of protest that were sent to the city council.

In the years since, the embattled adult dance club at 805 Enterprise has survived lawsuits, vandalism and an arson attempt.

City ordinances require dancers to maintain 10 feet between themselves and customers. Also, dancers may not accept tips directly from customers; instead, tips are placed in a separate container and collected after the performance.

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