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Jiggles plans to reopen

March 30th, 2011 by master

After being shut down by the city, Jiggles plans to reopen in two weeks. But this time around, there will be some changes. Our partners at The Daily report the former comedy club turned strip club will now be a full bar with food service and dancers, but there will be no lap dancing and no full nudity. You can read more here.

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City asks judge to shut down strip club

January 27th, 2011 by master

A little more than a month after Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club (5220 Roosevelt Way) opened its doors, the city wants it closed down.

Although the club owner, Bob Davis, told us when the club opened that he had obtained all the necessary permits, the city says otherwise. In a press release, the city attorney’s office claims the club violates the city’s zoning and building codes and has asked the King County Superior Court to close it down. “According to the City, operation of the strip club violates a zoning buffer requirement because it is located within 800 feet of a school, child care center, community center and public park,” the release states.

Publicola has the entire complaint filed in King County Superior Court here.

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Jiggles officially opens its doors

December 16th, 2010 by master

12/21 update:  The city is investigating complaints about whether the club is violating the 800 foot buffer but no action is likely before the end of the year.

Original report:  It’s opening night at Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club at 5220 Roosevelt Way.  The location, which is the former home of Giggles Comedy Club, is being billed as a strip club.

The owner, Bob Davis, told UDistrictDaily several weeks ago that he obtained all the necessary licenses and permits to operate the club.  But the building is across the street from University Child Development School, an independent elementary school serving children from ages three through fifth grade.  Seattle municipal code states an adult cabaret must be at least 800 feet away from schools, daycares, community centers, and parks. 

Our friends at KING 5 say there is music coming from the club tonight, but it’s not clear if nude dancers have actually taken the stage.  Regardless, city officials say no action will be taken on their part tonight.  Stay tuned.

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Giggles to Jiggles? Owner doesn't have proper license yet for strip club

November 12th, 2010 by master

Although he’s taken out ads to hire dancers, it appears a plan to turn the old Giggles comedy club into a strip club has a long way to go.  As we reported yesterday, owner Bob Davis told us that he’d obtained all the proper permits and licenses to open Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club on Roosevelt Way.  But we contacted the city and found out he only has a license to remodel the building as a nightclub, meaning he could bring in comedy or musical acts.  Nude dancing would require a cabaret license, which the city says Davis doesn’t have. 

If Davis tried to obtain a cabaret license, there would be one big problem.  The club is across the street from University Child Development School, and Seattle municipal code states an adult cabaret must be at least 800 feet away from schools, daycares, community centers, and parks. 

“Our quick assessment is there are problems,” Alan Justad from the city’s Planning and Development department told us.

We also spoke with an official at University Child Development School who tells us they are waiting to see where the issue goes and will be updating parents.

“Knowing he doesn’t have the license is telling us it’s not going to move forward,” said Stephen Harrison with UCDS.

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Giggles to Jiggles? Owner doesn’t have proper license yet for strip club

November 12th, 2010 by master

Although he’s taken out ads to hire dancers, it appears a plan to turn the old Giggles comedy club into a strip club has a long way to go.  As we reported yesterday, owner Bob Davis told us that he’d obtained all the proper permits and licenses to open Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club on Roosevelt Way.  But we contacted the city and found out he only has a license to remodel the building as a nightclub, meaning he could bring in comedy or musical acts.  Nude dancing would require a cabaret license, which the city says Davis doesn’t have. 

If Davis tried to obtain a cabaret license, there would be one big problem.  The club is across the street from University Child Development School, and Seattle municipal code states an adult cabaret must be at least 800 feet away from schools, daycares, community centers, and parks. 

“Our quick assessment is there are problems,” Alan Justad from the city’s Planning and Development department told us.

We also spoke with an official at University Child Development School who tells us they are waiting to see where the issue goes and will be updating parents.

“Knowing he doesn’t have the license is telling us it’s not going to move forward,” said Stephen Harrison with UCDS.

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Strip club opening in the U-District

November 11th, 2010 by master

The old Giggles Comedy Club at 5220 Roosevelt Way in the University District is about to become Jiggles Gentlemen’s Club.  SeattleCrime.com discovered city records about plans to turn the building into a strip club. 

We contacted the owner, Bob Davis, who tells UDistrictDaily that he’s obtained all the necessary licenses and permits to operate the club.  He expects Jiggles to open in the next couple of weeks.  Right now, he’s still hiring dancers (SeattleCrime.com mentions an ad running in the Seattle Weekly). 

The building is across the street from the playground at University Child Development School, an independent elementary school serving children from ages three through fifth grade. (Thanks Mina for pointing this out.)

Giggles, which had been operating since 1985, closed earlier this year.  The voice mail for the former comedy club explains that it closed “due to increased competition from the Indian casinos and the Moore and Paramount theaters,” which are booking major acts.

We’ll be tracking reaction and new developments in the coming days.

Update: Owner doesn’t have the proper license yet, says city

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