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Dancers Baring More at Cafe Risque

Posted September 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Opponents of an adult business protested and prayed, hoping it would fail, but their outcry had little effect on the Cafe Risque in Harnett County. In fact, the dancers there are now taking off even more than before, thanks to a court settlement.

When Cafe Risque opened in March, the dancers wore skimpy bikinis. That was within legal limits, outlined in a law which prompted a lawsuit as owners of the cafe sued Harnett County in federal court. This month, the two sides agreed to settle the issue out of court. The lawsuit has been dropped along with the dancers' tops.

They dare to bare at the Cafe Risque on Interstate-95 in Harnett County. Now, dancers there can take off everything except their bikini bottoms. The court fight over how much they have to wear is over.

Chris Brown of Cafe Risque said the county saved a lot of money by not trying to fight the business in court.

The cafe wasted little time updating most of its billboards along I-95. One sits right across the highway from a bible college. O. Talmadge Spence, president of Foundations Bible College, was disappointed with the court settlement.

But, county officials say they've tried to make the best of a bad situation. Fearing a loss in the courts, Dwight Snow, Harnett County attorney, said they gave in on topless dancing but were able to establish some controls on the cafe's operations.

According to the settlement, the cafe cannot go totally nude, it cannot expand without permission from the county, and it cannot employ dancers convicted of sex or drug related crimes.

The billboard across from the bible college should be gone within a week or so.