Obscene dancing alleged at Laurel bar Liquor inspector seeks hearing

February 11, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Good Guys Bar and Grill, a North Laurel establishment that has been criticized for its scantily clad female dancers, is now a target of the county liquor inspector.

Michael J. Sherman, the inspector, filed a petition yesterday claiming that performers at the bar and grill have danced obscenely, violating county law. The petition seeks to have the bar owners fined, or their liquor license suspended or revoked.

Mr. Sherman said the dancers exposed their buttocks and other body parts and danced obscenely during four inspections of the bar in October and November.

On two occasions, the bar's general manager was present and aware of the behavior, the petition said.

Immediately after learning of the alleged violations from his attorney yesterday, the bar's primary owner, Benham Zangenah, fired the general manager Albert Kleuver and instructed the 30 dancers that from now on they will wear shorts, not bikinis.

"This has happened behind my back. Why? I don't know," Mr. Zangenah said of the violations. "Whenever I was in the club, I've never seen such acts."

County law requires that dancers cover their breasts and lower torso, and prohibits them from making obscene gestures. Patrons are prohibited from touching performers or placing money on their bodies or in their clothing, the liquor inspector said.

Mr. Zangenah and co-owner Bipin Aghera opened the bar in September 1991 in the 9900 block of Washington Blvd. It is the county's only business where scantily clad dancers entertain patrons as they dine and drink. The bar, soon after opening, was criticized by neighbors, who complained about the clientele it attracted and felt it was too close to a residential neighborhood. At the time, Mr. Sherman said the bar had met inspections and there was no evidence of obscenity.

Denise King, administrative assistant for the liquor board, said no hearing date has been set. At the hearing, board members will find the bar's owners either guilty or not guilty. If guilty, the owners will be fined or have their liquor license revoked or suspended, she said.

The owners could be fined $1,000 each for the four violations, Mr. Sherman said.

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