(Juneau) The future of the strip club in downtown Juneau is in question after the city council Tuesday night rejected an application for a change of agents for the bars liquor license. Silk Exotic has been on East Oak Street in Juneau for over a decade. It did not first open its doors without a fight as city officials at the time tried unsuccessfully in the court system to stop the gentlemen’s club. All city officials could do after losing the court battle was to update city zoning ordinances to prevent any future strip clubs from opening up in the downtown area by limiting the proximity of such businesses within a certain distance of schools and churches. The building shares a lot line with a church.
Signage bearing the name “Silk Exotic” was recently removed leaving only a silhouette on a building that city building permits indicate had a $2-million-dollar remodeling price tag. Mike Siegel of Clyman, owner of another local strip club the Hardware Store, told the Juneau Public Safety Committee at its most recent meeting that he is the new owner of the Silk Exotic building and he plans to operate a club called Solomon’s featuring partially-nude dancers. His request to be the new agent for the establishments liquor license was rejected by the Juneau Common Council Tuesday night. Mayor Dan Wegener says with the apparent change in ownership the updated zoning requirements should apply. The city attorney was asked to further research the matter as Siegel is expected to appeal the decision and the matter could come back to the Juneau Public Safety Committee for reconsideration.