Rick's Opens Controversial Cabaret South of Airport

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 1:15 PM CDT
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The battle over a new strip club outside <a title=DFW Airport is heating up as the airport board tries to stop Rick's Cabaret from getting its liquor license." />

Ken Kalthoff, NBCDFW.com

The battle over a new strip club outside DFW Airport is heating up as the airport board tries to stop Rick's Cabaret from getting its liquor license.

A strip club embroiled in controversy opens up Thursday in Fort Worth, despite opposition from city leaders.

Just south of DFW International Airport, at state Highway 183 and Amon Carter Boulevard, Rick's Cabaret opens their newest location Jan. 20.

The airport board and city leaders had hoped to have the strip club shuttered before it opened, but with zoning approved for the adult business and all building permits on file, the only move left for opponents was to file a formal opposition with the TABC to strip the club of a liquor license.

That move was successful, for now. The TABC has initially denied the license and will hold a hearing to determine whether or not the license is issued.

The board, and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, said their concerns are that the gentlemen's club will be the first thing visitors to North Texas see when leaving the airport's south exit -- which plenty will do while in town for Super Bowl XLV.

But, by having the license denied, the airport board and city have now essentially allowed the topless club to possibly operate as a fully nude club where patrons can bring in their own alcohol.

Which is worse?  Add your thoughts in the comments.

NBCDFW's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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