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Pasties can come off at South Philly cabaret, board rules

A famed South Philadelphia adult cabaret recently won a bid to upgrade their status as a club to a place where dancers can bare their breasts freely.

Bound no more: a zoning change means Cheerleaders Philadelphia dancers will be able to perform topless. Credit: CheerleadersPhiladelphia.com Bound no more: a zoning change means Cheerleaders Philadelphia dancers will be able to perform topless. Credit: CheerleadersPhiladelphia.com

Cheerleaders, the famed South Philadelphia adult cabaret that hosts the annual "Wing Bowl," recently won a bid to upgrade their status as a club to a place where dancers can bare their breasts freely.

The city's Zoning Board of Adjustment ruled on Wednesday that breasts can be exposed, although g-strings will still be required, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Club owners John Meehan and Frank Antico Jr. sought the change to compete with other strip clubs in the city.

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Their Philadelphia club is located at 2740 Front St., just south of Oregon Avenue. They also own a Cheerleaders in Pittsburgh.

The Philadelphia club was previously zoned "commercial" under old city zoning rules that allowed for modified adult entertainment uses. Now it will be zoned as a full-fledged adult cabaret. There was reportedly no opposition to the change.

Philly Cheerleaders must pay for and receive a new permit from the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections before topless dancers can legally perform at the club.

Cheerleaders Philly has been open for 18 years.

 
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