One of Arlington's Last Remaining Strip Clubs, Flashdancer, Takes City to Federal Court

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For years Flashdancer Cabaret -- the topless joint that sits on E. Randol Mill just across the freeway from Cowboys Stadium and the Ballpark in Arlington, or so I've been told -- has been at odds with the city and state, which have tried their best to shutter the joint. Used to be there were more than a dozen strip clubs in the city limits, but according to the Star-Telegram in October that number began dwindling about 20 years ago, when the city began its clampdown on sexually oriented businesses, and really dried up when Jerry Jones brought the Dallas Cowboys from Irving to Arlington. At least, that's Flashdancer's story per the federal filing dropped off in Fort Worth Wednesday.

Flashdancer's owner, Ryan Grant, claims in the suit below that Arlington, with the help of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (which recently moved its local operations to Arlington) and the Texas Attorney General's office, has been harassing his club for years in the hopes of juicing its crime stats and forcing its closure. Grant, who says he had to pay big money to get the SOB license Flashdancer was initially denied in 2007, maintains that there have been numerous raids in recent years, targeting dancers, customers and club owners resulting in small busts (all right, calm down) and TABC fines that were "not valid." For instance: The suit alleges that one dancer was popped for selling ecstasy in 2010, and that the club was hit with a $40,000 fine, even though the dancer was never prosecuted. Then, last year, the club was hit with a massive raid, during which Arlington police posted "riflemen on a freeway overpass adjacent to the premises."

Grant insists in the federal filing that he's never had any knowledge of wrongdoing in the club -- and, furthermore, he says that during one police raid he was beaten up and maced. The Star-Telegram story from last fall noted a state hearing this month during which Flashdancer will attempt to prove to the state it's being a good citizen. Flash Dancers Complaint
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15 comments
Gome17
Gome17

Got ripped off of 320 dollars. Don't go as a tourist they've ripped off tourists as high as 2,500 all in US Dollars

pbluett
pbluett

Hmmm. since it IS  (nearly) the LAST one, the owners should apply for "historic landmark" status in order to preserve the cross 360  area cultural integrity.  Knowing the usual foolishness of the Arlington city council, they would go for that...it's just  small businesses and local homeowners which are usually in the city's crosshairs.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Flashdancer is the exact polar opposite of a Korean owned convenience store.

james
james

seems that cops over ft.worth/arlington way got a regular habit of bustin' heads in bars they don't like. an' the batf is usually around...

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I remember the good ol days of Arlington..first time I used my fake ID was to get in the 2300 club off of Division..used to stop in after a Ranger's game too, free "entry" with ticketstub.

Stay Hard Arlington shake joints! 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

baby dolls on collins/industrial still gives free entry with ticket stub.

MonkeyFart
MonkeyFart

Who cares about Arlington, but Dallas has it all wrong. I think the city should build a convention center strip club. Houston doesnt do a banging convention business because it's a beautiful, vibrant city... it does a banging convention business because of all the banging (or dry humping to be more precise).

JDAWGMUSIK
JDAWGMUSIK

 FUCK DALLAS BITCH ARLINGTON IS WHERE ITS AT MOTHERFUCKER

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Where there is a Hunt, there will be no *unt

Gus Mitchem
Gus Mitchem

are you saying that manipulation of US foreign policy to gain access to (steal) untapped reserves is ok,  but having a youngish girl treat you like she is actually sexually interested is unholy 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Ball players--all visiting, I am sure, need to relax after a hot day on the ball field.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

there are a couple of Rangers pitchers, who make it up to Cab east every so often. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I once went there as a bit/joke with friends, we realized quickly we were not welcome there and left accordingly

Swinging Sammy
Swinging Sammy

'But honey darlin' I just went there as a bit/joke with some friends.'

I think I might ask for a mulligan if I ever have to pull that club out of my bag.

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Maybe he can claim a history of this type of harassment and point to Jack Ruby going Lee Harvey Oswald on Lee Harvey Oswald as an example. 

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