Two years ago North Texas hosted its first Super Bowl and some were concerned visitors flying in for the game might get the wrong impression with the opening of a new strip club near DFW Airport.
Two weeks before Rick's Cabaret was scheduled to open, former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief wrote the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission asking that it deny the club's liquor license.
"I think that it should be clear to the applicant that we're not happy about it," he said in January 2011.
General Manager Eric Rubenstein was not happy with the holdup.
"We specifically designed this location because it's perfect. It's off the freeway. It's in an industrial park. There's no schools. There's no houses," he said.
Rubenstein told FOX 4 there should have been no surprises with the location or type of business. A sign had been on the property since 2005 stating it would be a sexually oriented business.
But others argued as thousands flew in for the Super Bowl the brightly lit Rick's sign would be seen from the air, as well as the entrance and exit ramps on the south entrance of the airport.
"I don't think the timing could have been any worse. But I want them to know loud and clear they are not welcome," Moncrief said.
Rick's opened right before the big game without a liquor license. And because it was BYOB the dancers were all nude.
It took until January 2012 for Rick's to get its license. Rubenstein said business is now booming. He added that there has never been any trouble or arrests at the club.
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