'Jiggles' strip club
SEATTLE – The marquee has changed and so has the type of entertainment.
On Thursday, the former Giggles comedy club in the University District opened as a gentleman’s club named Jiggles.
Owner Bob Davis says he has all the legal right to open the club, on Roosevelt Way, which he says features nude dancers. He even provided a copy of a document which he says is a license to run an “adult entertainment premise."
But the city disagrees and believes Davis is violating a city ordinance on strip clubs. That ordinance requires clubs to operate more than 800 feet away from schools, day care centers, and parks. There is a private elementary school directly across the street from Jiggles.
Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes says he doesn’t know if this is “brinksmanship or what," but that Davis knows that “location has problems with the zoning code, he knows that.”
Neighbors want the city to immediately intervene, citing the code, and concerns about parking and late night activity.
“We’ve never heard from him,” says Roosevelt Neighbor’s Alliance Chair Mark Griffin. “He’s never even approached us as to why he’d be a benefit to the neighborhood.”
Holmes said he didn’t believe any action would be taken Thursday. Seattle Police Department spokesperson Jeff Keppel also said he was unaware of any request for assistance in the matter.
A spokesperson for University Child Development School declined comment on the issue.