Parish leaders end long, bitter battle with strip club
PINE GROVE - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury publicly announced it was ending its legal battle with a strip club Tuesday.
The parish has spent $210,000 dealing with litigation over the bar's operation.
"I've never been to the strip club. I don't plan to go," juror Theodore Mcray Jr. said. "I pray my sons don't go."
The old Oak Ridge Lounge closed and recently reopened as Club Kinjite, which translates from Japanese to "forbidden subjects."
Mcray disagrees with the business morally, but he does not disagree with the business legally.
"Don't go to the strip clubs if you don't want to go. There are ordinances in place. We spent $210,000 attempting to shut that place down," he said. "The same person that comes here and fights against the strip club might be in the casino tomorrow night," he said. "What's the difference?"
Club Kinjite received all of its appropriate licenses from ATC and the parish, according to Mcray.
But, people who live near the business on Highway 16 are frustrated.
"We were under the impression that it was never going to be able to open back up," Brooke Imme said. Imme lives next door to the club and said it keeps her family up nearly every night with loud music.
"It gets louder at some times and we can hear people pulling out on the highway, burning rubber, and it just brings a lot of negative attention," Imme said.
The club owner could not be reached for comment.