El Dorado owner ends plans for club on Block

November 14, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In an about-face, a member of the family that clashed with the city over its now-closed El Dorado Lounge strip club has abandoned plans to open a new adult establishment on The Block.

Rosalie Jackson notified the city liquor board this week she no longer wants to transfer her liquor license from 322 W. Baltimore St., former site of the El Dorado, to 408 E. Baltimore St., currently home to the 408 Club.

Jackson withdrew her Oct. 15 application because she wants to focus on a new venture, Britton's Restaurant, said Lisa Harris Jones, the Jackson family attorney. The restaurant at 889 N. Howard St. opens tonight.

She said Jackson does not have a site for the El Dorado license.

Jackson was to have been a partner in the new strip club with Peter W. Ireland Sr., a Block veteran. Now Ireland intends to open the club at 408 E. Baltimore on his own by purchasing an existing license for the 408 Club, Jones said.

The city condemned the El Dorado building and several others so that Bank of America could turn the block into a $60.8 million retail and residential complex to be called Centerpoint.

The city paid the Jacksons $450,000 for the building and, later, $250,000 more to settle a lawsuit brought by the Jacksons that alleged the city reneged on a deal to move the club near The Block. City officials abandoned the plan after questions were raised about the move's legality and the location's appropriateness.

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