At first there were just rumours that a strip club was opening up in the heart of Etobicoke’s Lakeshore Village, within walking distance of three schools, community centres and a seniors residence.

 


But then two posters of scantily clad women and a sign — “Opening Soon Gentleman’s Club” — appeared in the window of Jay Jay’s Inn on Lake Shore Boulevard West, confirming the rumours. The club, steps away from a number of residential neighbourhoods, will be open for business Monday.

 


“I’m shocked that the city would let this happen,” said Judy Gibson, who lives nearby.
But Jack Cohen, the owner of Jay Jay’s Inn, believes residents are “overreacting.”

 


“I am a very family-oriented person,” he said. “I have been here for years, doing my business, serving the community, everybody was very happy, no problem ... no nothing. Now, suddenly, they are up in arms.”