City and Business Reach Deal on License

City leaders, police and the owners of one Falls business have come together to help achieve a common goal. Wichita Falls City Councilors voted Tuesday to not protest the renewal of Texas Showgirls' liquor license, with some conditions.

The move stems from police concerns over the number of disturbance calls to the property. Council was slated to simply vote on protesting the renewal, but owners Nick Makrides and David Brooks met with city staff and police Monday.

As a condition of the city not protesting the renewal, Makrides and Brooks have agreed to make some changes. They must light the parking lot and install security cameras which are sensitive enough to show faces and license plates.

Makrides and Brooks said the problems at the club mainly stem from the parking lot. Last year they opened a second club on the same property. That club, Expose, was an after-hours establishment. Makrides and Brooks said as Texas Showgirls and other area businesses would close, Expose would attract a bad crowd. That's why they decided to shut it down last month.

Another condition of the deal stipulates expose must become a permitted establishment, abiding by Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission rules. And, the parking lot and both buildings must be cleared of all non staff by 2:30 a.m.  Makrides and Brooks must also post signs which prohibit trespassing on the property from 2:30 a.m. until 6 a.m.

City leaders and the owners feel confident the measures will help. City Council retained the option of protesting the liquor license renewal if Makrides and brooks fail to comply.

Tim Barnosky, Newschannel 6.