VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Complaints from neighbors about a Virginia Beach strip club seem to be well founded, according to a license history report from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Nearby residents, Diamond Springs neighborhood, are fed up with what they see going on at Cheetah’s Gentlemen’s Club, and they want the place shut down.
According to the report, the go-go club has had five criminal offenses, 10 administrative offenses and two written warnings. The most recent happened May 19, when the business failed to have proper and accurate records on site.
Cheetah’s website says their motto is “serving cold beer and hot women since 1994,” and that’s about as long as Nancy has been complaining about it.
“I was upset. We all were upset, because this is a neighborhood with children,” said Nancy, who fears for her safety and doesn’t want to reveal her identity. “We went to the ABC board and complained because we didn’t think it was right to have something like that in our neighborhood.”
Nancy, who’s been fighting a losing battle, won’t even drive by Cheetah’s to get to her home.
“They use to have the ladies of the evening up and down the street … I don’t know if it goes on now. because I don’t go that way anymore,” she said.
Nancy had an I-told-you-so moment with her neighbors, who have given up the fight against Cheetah’s. It happened when Virginia Beach police released a surveillance video, asking for anyone to help identify “persons of interest” in the murder of 25-year-old Paul Anthony Abbey, of Norfolk, who was shot dead in Cheetah’s parking lot.
“I was disgusted with everyone because we couldn’t get enough people to go to the city to complain … hey, if you don’t want to do anything, I don’t want to hear your complaints. You had your chance,” she said.
10 On Your Side went to Cheetah’s to find out what they do to protect the neighborhood from their business. A woman working the bar said, “Right now is not the best time. The manager will be in later.” WAVY.com then got a call from Cheetah’s owner, Gina Moskal.
“We have security, and the neighborhood has to take care of their own security,” Moskal said. “My business does not go into the neighborhood. The shooting happened outside our place, and we did not know him. ABC agents came by a couple of weeks ago. My beer license is fine. This could have happened anywhere. Shootings happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
On October 19, 2012, ABC gave Cheetah’s owners an administrative offense, resulting in a $5,000 penalty and a license suspension of 10 days. That was for allowing prohibited conduct on the licensed premises. The history report states that conduct included indecent exposure, sexual display of masturbation-actual or simulated.
The history report also states another administrative violation was substantiated for disorderly lewd conduct, and the licensee paid a $1,000 penalty on March 7, 2007.
Attached is the License History report for Cheetahs.
“It is embarrassing when guests come over and have to go past that mess to come and visit,” Nancy said.
Moskal said ABC stopped by the business, but she said she hasn’t heard anything further. ABC will not comment on any ongoing investigations and won’t confirm if there is any current investigation.