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Redner can serve alcohol at new club

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

Joe Redner, the business owner best known for managing the Mons Venus strip club, won approval Thursday to serve alcohol at a planned restaurant and nightclub across from the Tampa Convention Center.

The City Council gave Redner approval to serve alcohol at a property he owns by the Convention Center and the St. Pete Times Forum. The council granted approval for a one-year probationary period, which allows the council to revoke the zoning if problems arise.

Redner promised there won't be problems. The nightclub won't have any nudity.

"It's going to be a really nice place," Redner said. "It is going to be like something like you have never seen before."

Redner said he could begin construction on the modern restaurant and nightclub in about six months.