Towson strip-tease club ordered shut

March 09, 1995|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer

An after-hours club in Towson bared too much and now a Baltimore County District judge has barred it from doing business.

Judge Alexander Wright Jr. yesterday ordered the Club Manhattan to close by May 31 after finding that the strip-tease club violated county zoning laws.

The order was based on an agreement worked out with the county Office of Law; Orchard Tree Joint Ventures, the landlord; and the operators of the club, identified in court documents as James F. Wilson Jr. and James J. Pash.

The Zoning Enforcement Office cited the club last March for operating a strip-tease business without a special zoning approval, operating within 1,000 feet of a residence and being open after 2 a.m.

Club Manhattan paid a $600 fine but failed to comply with zoning regulations. In December, the county filed for an injunction in District Court to force the club to comply or close.

County detectives and a zoning inspector testified yesterday that female employees were observed dancing nude. Dancers also did nude "lap dances" with customers for tips, they said.

Club Manhattan, in a small business park off Joppa Road at 8806 Orchard Tree Lane, initially called itself a private social club under the name, the Association That Plays Inc.

The Association That Plays was owned by Frank M. Corbi, former proprietor of Corbi's Restaurant in Little Italy. Ultimately, the operation -- which opened as Club Manhattan in May 1993 -- came into the hands of Mr. Wilson and Mr. Pach.

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