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VOL. 126 | NO. 235 | Friday, December 2, 2011

Cordova's Stella Marris Issued Dance Permit

By Andy Meek

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The city of Memphis has issued a compensated dance permit for Stella Marris, the Cordova restaurant owned by topless-club businessman Steve Cooper.

Issuance of the permit had been tied up in court for months, with Cooper suing the city for originally denying his application because of what he said was perceived bias against him.

Memphis permit administrator Aubrey Howard told The Daily News Thursday, Dec. 1, the city had to issue the permit because, without making a judgment as to what Cooper might do at his business, the city didn’t have a concrete reason not to issue it.

When Cooper filed his original permit application, he wrote that the business intends to offer the same kind of entertainment as the Coyote Ugly chain, known for featuring girls dancing on a bar, with the addition of live bands.

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