Strip club sues to reopen in Mount VernonPosted: Updated:
The owners of Sue's Rendezvous are suing the city of Mount Vernon over the closure of their adult entertainment club.
The controversial strip club was a staple on Gramattan Avenue for 45 years and the owners are claiming city officials illegally forced them to close.
Last year, city officials closed the exotic dance club claiming it was operating illegally because zoning on that block doesn't allow live adult entertainment businesses.
But the owners of Sue's Rendezvous say they have filed a lawsuit with the New York State Supreme Court claiming city officials used illegal selective code enforcement to shut them down and refused to process their application to the zoning board.
Despite crime associated with the adult nightclub, some living in the area say they'd like to see it reopen. "What else is there…what else is around here that’s fun in Mount Vernon? That’s why there’s so much crime in Mount Vernon, no one really has anything to do out here," says resident Chris White.
Over the years, Sue's Rendezvous brought in sports and entertainment celebrities and hosted performances by celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Jay Z. The club has even been mentioned in several rap songs by well-known artists.
News 12 reached out to the city for a response and have not yet heard back.