- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln businessman has dropped his $100 million lawsuit against the central Nebraska city of Hastings, saying he and city officials reached an agreement that will let him operate a members-only strip club that, in exchange, will not be allowed to sell alcohol.

Shane Harrington said the Midwest Girls Club will officially open Thursday as a private club in Hastings and will operate every weekend for the foreseeable future. He said under the deal reached Tuesday, only dues-paying members will be allowed into the club. They can bring their own alcohol, but it won’t be sold there, the Hastings Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1QMWHqy ).

Harrington previously filed lawsuits against officials in Hall and Seward counties after he failed to gain approval for adult businesses in those counties. Earlier this month, he began operating a members-only strip club out of a Hastings bar called The Shed after it closed for the night, surprising city officials because he hadn’t sought permission.

Under the agreement with the city, the bar will close and the private strip club will take over the space. It will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, but it could also host special events on other days, the newspaper reported.

Harrington said he’s glad to be able to drop the lawsuit and to provide adult entertainment to those in the community who want it.

“It’s unfortunate that we had to file a lawsuit,” he said. “I feel like we’re all on a really good page, and it’s a good feeling that they allowed us to come in and show them what we can do and that we can follow the law and entertain customers and make everyone happy.”

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Information from: Hastings Tribune, http://www.hastingstribune.com

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