Gilford says no to exotic dancing
Willard Drew, owner of the former King’s Grant Inn on Kimball Road, came before selectmen Wednesday night with his new partner, Tom Lyons, and his attorney, David Bownes.
Drew and Lyons already faced a potentially tough battle with selectmen, who were divided last year on their vote denying exotic dancing in town. The vote was 2-1, with Hayes and Selectman John O’Brien, voting against exotic dancing, while Selectman Gus Benevides voted to allow the business to continue with exotic dancing.Selectmen said they were concerned about the safety of the dancers following the October 2011 drug dealing arrests of several dancers at the club, which was called Mardi Gras North Cabaret at the time.Drew, who could not be reached for comment, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case or of having knowledge of the incidents.Hayes, who was the chief opponent of allowing exotic dancing at the club during the board’s discussions last summer, said he hasn’t changed his mind.“I still hear from a lot of people who just don’t want exotic dancing in our town,” he said.
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