NORA SPRINGS — An exotic dance club known as a “juice bar” is set to open in downtown Nora Springs.
Dale Peterson plans to open the Pole Barn Theater in the building previously occupied by the Frosty Mugs bar on Hawkeye Avenue.
The adult establishment will feature exotic dancers but will not have a liquor license. Under state law, Peterson said patrons can bring their own beer and wine; hard alcohol is prohibited.
Peterson wants to be operating by next Friday — with hours of 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
CORWITH — Dale Peterson is no stranger to juice bar controversies in North Iowa.
Nora Springs Planning and Zoning met Thursday night to approve a recommendation to the City Council amending the zoning ordinance.
The amendments would further define where an “adult entertainment” facility would and would not be allowed.
After a brief public hearing, the recommendation was approved.
Earlier Tuesday City Administrator Deborah Gaul said she was instructed not to comment on the situation.There’s so many things floating around and I’m not sure what’s true and what’s not,” Gaul said.
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The announcement of the bar’s opening has sparked backlash.
“We don’t need no strip club,” said Don Cook of Nora Springs. “We don’t need that in Nora Springs.”
Carol Albaugh shared a similar sentiment.
“I don’t think we should allow these things in our little towns,” Albaugh said.
She was visiting from Rudd when she heard about the new business.
“I think it’s going to draw some unsavory types,” Albaugh said.
Peterson said this is the sixth juice bar he’s opened. This isn’t the first time he’s been met with opposition.
He opened The Loft Theater in Corwith three years ago. The juice bar shut down three months later for failure to pay rent.