On Tuesday, developers will go before the zoning board to get approval for an extra 800 square feet of storage, but the owner says Pandora's Cabaret will open regardless. Some residents don't like the idea of a strip club opening up close to a school.
Pandora’s Cabaret, a topless club, will open soon in Waterbury, a city that hasn’t seen a new strip club open up in decades. Tammy Gomes, the owner, said it has never seen one quite like this.
“Upscale. We have a steak restaurant attached to it and so it’s not going to be run-of-the-mill,” Gomes said.
On Tuesday, developers will go before the zoning board to get approval for an extra 800 feet of storage space at the couples-friendly club. Otherwise, the extra space will have to be torn down to make way for the required parking.
While Tammy doesn't feel the variance is a big deal, she is excited about the economic impact she expects her club to make.
“We’re bringing 45 plus jobs, plus about 100 subcontractors to the community, giving them jobs, so it’s going to bring a lot of tax basis into the city of Waterbury, plus property taxes,” Tammy said.
Still, some folks we spoke to at a school about half a mile away from the club don't like the idea of any strip club, upscale or not.
“Being so close to an elementary school, very impressionable kids, I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Devine Russell, a local parent, said.
But Tammy adds that a financially successful club here will actually benefit families, as some proceeds will help revitalize a local playground.
Even if the club doesn’t get the variance it is seeking, the club will still open in the middle of June.