Upper Eastside residents want gay club shut down

02/15/2012 2:21 PM

02/16/2012 8:16 AM

A recently opened gay club in Shorecrest has drawn the ire of local residents who believe it to be an illegal adult entertainment complex. The owner denies it, but the City of Miami has cited the business and opened an investigation.

The club in question is Tokyo Valentino, an after-hours lounge at 8330 Biscayne Blvd. Customers who pay the $10 admission fee can take advantage of some features common for any lounge — a dance floor and a game room with pool tables — but there is another part of the business that has drawn the attention of city officials and residents: private rooms and viewing booths. The viewing booths fit two people, while the rooms feature leather day beds and flat screen plasma TVs.

Owner Mike Morrison says that the booths and rooms are meant to be places where someone can “grab a movie and watch it with a friend.” While the club provides some films (mainly ones targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender audiences, similar to content aired on Logo Channel), customers can also bring their own DVDs.

“If people want to bring adult movies to watch, I can’t stop them,” Morrison said.

Find out what action the city has taken against the club: Read the full article at BeachedMiami.com.

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