Hearne: A Gentleman’s Club in Downtown Lawrence? Could Happen

speakeasyWhat’s in a word?

Plenty when it comes to words like “gentlemen’s club” and “speakeasy.” Because while the definition of the former, for example, “is a members-only private club of a type originally set up by and for British upper class men in the 18th century,” in today’s parlance it has more to do with very ungentlemanly dudes who paw scantily clad or nude women as they dance provocatively in darkened rooms.

Speakeasy on the other hand, refers to “an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era.”

However these days it generally refers to retro style bars that serve classic cocktails to, you know, gentlemen – not strip club habitués.

The $64 million dollar question: which of those definitions will apply to a basement restaurant/bar expected to in about 30 days in downtown Lawrence at 7 East 7th Street.

Lucky Seven, right? 

Well maybe…

Long as it’s not a gentlemen’s club in the modern meaning of the term.

“If that’s what going in over there, I’m not going to be very happy,” says one female worried business neighbor. “I heard that it’s being made into a gentlemen’s club for Doug Compton‘s friends.”

That would be celebrated Lawrence developer Doug Compton.

“I heard he is building a bar there in the basement and it’s going to be strip club, but what is a gentlemen’s club anyway? To me, it’s pretty much where call girls go and men have a good time.”

normal_gentlemans_clubAu contraire, say workers preparing the site and neighbors who refer to it as a speakeasy that will serve food and upscale cocktails, not lap dances.

“It’s going to be a bar and a restaurant,” one construction supervisor says. “I don’t know the name and there’ll be a little elevator for the handicapped on the east side of the building.”

“I’m pretty excited about it,” says another business neighbor, a, um, gentleman. “I think it’s going to be awesome. So I assume it will be pretty fancy, pretty high end and have expensive cocktails. I went to an expensive speakeasy in Aspen per the holidays  and all the bartenders wore vests.”

Then there’s the matter of a certain Lawrence resident named  Letecia Cole, who applied for the permit.

Cole plans to convert “an existing mercantile use in the basement to a restaurant. The existing first and second floor apartment units will remain unchanged, other than adding a fire sprinkler and alarm.”

Stay tuned.

All for the sum of around $36,000, the permit says.

throughout the entire building.

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7 Responses to Hearne: A Gentleman’s Club in Downtown Lawrence? Could Happen

  1. mike t. says:

    “… and all the bartenders wore vests.” wow. now i’ll know the difference between an upscale joint and the others. *snicker*

    • the dude says:

      Don’t forget the flair!!

      • mike t. says:

        lol…was just thinking about that yesterday, remembering a scene from Office Space and that guy or whomever covered in it.

        me? a nice brass engraved name tag. all you need.

  2. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    The bigger question is when is the state of Missouri going to allow real strip clubs again?

  3. hot harley says:

    the big question is where are they getting the strippers.
    How about college girls needing some extra cashso they can drink 15 drinks
    for $45????????????lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    or how about some sorority girls needing to pay some “expenses?”
    wayne at the bird (ithink its stil open) will have a fit…….
    or worse ever….maybe someday hearne walks in to the joint and sees 2 TWINS
    on the pole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now that would get me to drive to lawrnece
    in a hail storm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or a Kansas tornado.!!!!!!
    hell I’d ride the bus to Lawrence to see that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
    hearne…lighten up…..the human body is a beautiful thing….especially
    when its a beautiful young woman or women in this case!!!!!!
    open the joint up……Lawrence needs the tax revenue to build those
    expensive condos for self!!!!!!!

  4. hot harley says:

    elevator for the handicapped? whats with that? one legged strippers?????????????/

  5. Bob says:

    ““I heard that it’s being made into a gentlemen’s club for Doug Compton‘s friends.””

    Now you are getting somewhere, Hearne. Lawrence developers. That’s your meal ticket in Lawrence.

    Although, Lawrence isn’t going to allow a strip club off Mass.

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