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Neighbors hope to shut down Scoobie's Gentleman's Club

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 06 2013 04:01:40 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 07 2013 05:48:11 AM CST

A local gentlemen's club has been acting like anything but a gentleman, according to some community members.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Scoobie's Gentleman's Club in Lehigh County has been acting like anything but a gentleman, according to some community members. Now, they're starting a drive to boot the bar from the block.

Broken glass, booze and fights make up a routine scene outside Scoobie's on Hanover Avenue, on the border between Allentown and Bethlehem, said Basilio Bonilla.

Bonillia, who has been a neighbor of the club for 16 years, said the fights often spill into the yards of neighbors, which include a day care center.

Last month's killing of Ty Wimberly outside the bar was the straw that broke the community's back.

"It's time to shut it down. It's time to shut it down for good," said Bonilla, who has started a petition with his sister to boot the strip club from the area.

Around 400 names have already been registered online, and they're set to take to the streets on Saturday.

"Bunch of us in the neighborhood will be going door to door to get signatures to finally shut it down," Bonilla said.

Allentown does have a history of shutting down so-called nuisance bars. Trinkles, Harry's Bar, and Club 13 were all closed, but those were all regulated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Scoobie's, which the city said is a "bring your own bottle" establishment, is not governed by the PLCB.

The only way for it to be shut down, city officials said, is if Scoobie's violated its zoning permit, and that could be a long process without any guarantees.

No matter how many signatures the city gets, it said it can only follow the law.

Bonilla said he won't be deterred and will even start knocking on local politicians' doors if he has to.

"I have no problem going to Lisa Boscola, Steve Samuelson, Pat Browne and take it to the state matter if we have to," Bonilla said.

69 News reached out to Scoobie's several times for comment but got no response.