Bearden night club causing controversy with other businesses

Bearden night club causing controversy with other businesses

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Exotic Nightclub, located off Kingston Pike on Mohican Street, is a dance club. Exotic Nightclub, located off Kingston Pike on Mohican Street, is a dance club.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

BEARDEN (WATE) - Smack dab in the middle of West Knoxville's Bearden community is a night club causing a bit of controversy among other businesses.

One of the biggest complaints is the club's name, Exotic Night Club, and what exactly it might imply.

"It raises a lot of questions," said Bob McClellan, of M.S. McClellan, a member of The District in Bearden.

"It doesn't fit in with the aesthetic. It's not a well maintained property," he added.

But Exotic Nightclub, located off Kingston Pike on Mohican Street, is just a dance club. It's open on Friday and Saturday nights and features Latin and hip-hop music.

"The owner just liked the name. Afterwards he thought perhaps that was a bad idea, but no there are no strippers here, no strippers," said club manager Liz Suatez, with a laugh.

The owner of Exotic Night Club is related to the owner of nearby La Rumba, which has also received complaints from the neighborhood.

"We have young professionals that need their sleep. We have young children that are woken up in the middle of the night. It's a problem," said Margaret Sadler, of the Forest Heights Homeowner's Association.

Police say they monitor all the bars and clubs in the area and while the complaints are valid, the clubs aren't breaking any laws.

"It's a difficult situation. You have these businesses that are open, that are zoned properly, that are legally permitted to be open, and that do bring in large crowds because of their entertainment value. That does cause the neighborhood concern with noise and things," said Capt. Don Jones, who has received several noise complaints from La Rumba and Exotic.

Other complaints stem from the parking lot. The night club shares the lot with the surrounding businesses.

But some business owners say they operate on different schedules and it's not a problem. "We're open during the day. they're open at night, so honestly there's nothing to complain about," said Jim Simpson, of Simpson Enterprises.

The club opened in October and is still settling into its location. Management said they have hired additional security to patrol the lot and appease the neighboring businesses.

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