An adult nightclub changed hands in Omaha earlier this year that is causing some confusion for city regulators. “Club Omaha” opened in March and continues to operate as an adult nightclub. This is a members-only club or an entrance fee must be paid at the door. The sale of alcohol is not permitted but patrons can bring in their own liquor for consumption and therefore the owner does not need a liquor license to operate.
Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram looked at the current law that requires anyone owning, operating or managing a dance hall, restaurant, club or café’ that is open to the public and allows the consumption of liquor must have a license. He says the city attorney disagrees so for now the club is open with little oversight.
Councilman Jerram says the Council did take some action. He says, “We switched locally to a regulatory type of approach. The “Good Neighbor Ordinance” which if this businesses is causing problems to its neighbors in and adverse way, whether it be from a source of illegal activity, trash, litter or illegal parking issues, any kind of nuisance it gives the city the power to look at the certificate of occupancy.” Jerram says the only problems so far has been parking issues and other businesses in the area have had to put up signs.
Councilman Jerram says they are also watching carefully legislation in Lincoln. He says LB 632 that is pending on the floor of the Legislature. If this law passes this year it would require businesses like this to obtain a liquor license to operate.