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