HARVEY | City officials said Friday that video from a television news report provided them the final bit of evidence they needed to justify closing a strip club that was licensed to be a sports bar.
Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg issued an order Thursday night that shut down Club Assets, 17100 S. Halsted St., which once was a medical facility. Kellogg was the tie-breaking vote when the City Council approved business licenses for a sports bar at the site in October, city spokesman Sean Howard said.
Howard said officials had heard complaints about the club during the past 10 days, but a WGN-TV report with video of scantily-clad dancers prompted Kellogg to take action.
“We’re thankful that WGN was able to get that on video, because it was what we needed to see in order to justify shutting down the club,” Howard said. “The video validated what we had been hearing.”
The city’s Plan Commission was to have a special hearing Friday to consider the club’s fate. Howard said that hearing is unnecessary with the club now officially closed.
There will be a hearing in the near future, although it had not yet been scheduled as of Friday morning. The club’s owners, who, according to WGN, include the daughter of former Chicago alderman Tyrone Kenner, will be given a chance to explain what happened to the club.
“They will be offered due process,” Howard said of the club’s owners, adding they had received several letters advising them of the city’s concerns. “They have a lot of explaining to do about how this happened.”
Kim Kenner Wash was not available Friday to comment on the situation, while telephone calls made by The Times to the club went unanswered.
Howard said Kellogg is interested in what happened with the original plans for a restaurant with a sports-related theme, since that is something he would still like to see in Harvey.
“You can never have too many restaurants in a community,” Howard said.
As for the idea of keeping the business as a strip club, Howard said Harvey officials were not sympathetic toward that idea. He said that three such licenses were already issued in Harvey when Kellogg became mayor, and there isn’t support for more.
Aside from the presence of girls, Howard said there was evidence the club was staying open later than it was permitted.
“We (the city) have never issued a '6 a.m.' liquor license, yet we’re seeing fliers posted that advertise a 6 a.m. closing time,” Howard said. “This club isn’t anything like what we thought it would be when they opened.”