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Board gives nod to nonalcoholic dance club

by Rob Ireland

January 19, 2012

WALWORTH — On weekends, the village may became a destination for young people to come together and listen to music and dance.

During Monday night's Plan Commission meeting, the commission approved a site plan for Club Dynamite, which will be a nonalcoholic dance club for people between the ages of 16 and 24.

The club will be located in the same building as the Subway on Fairview Drive. Club Dynamite plans to rent out 5,000 square feet and will be open on Friday and Saturday nights.

On Sundays through Thursdays, the club will serve as a banquet hall and will be rented for private parties.

According to owner Bernard Stott, there aren't any nonalcoholic dance clubs in the area, and when he was between those ages, he would travel for up to an hour and half to go to one.

Stott is in business with his brother, Kevin Stott, and brother-in-law, Brandon Wolf. The three presented their plan to the commission and provided them a letter with their intentions for the business.

"Being a positive influence among young adults is our priority," the letter states. "Dynamite will be centered around the art of music and dance."

The letter goes on to state that the club will provide a safe and friendly environment.

"We intend to promote the ability to socialize without the element of alcohol," the letter states. "Theme nights will be held to give young adults a chance to participate in contests and incentives will be awarded to those who do so, such as discounted entry or prizes."

Commissioners expressed some concerns about the club attracting people who will cause problems.

"If you can get 75 to 100 people you will attract some of the wrong people," Village President David Rasmussen said.

Bernard Stott said he plans to implement a dress code, which he believes will curtail some of the problems. There also will be a cover charge.

"We are going to have a security team and cameras," Stott said.

Stott also said he will prohibit intoxicated people from entering the club.

"Some kids will bring everything to the parking lot, but that's going on at any school event," Rasmussen said.

Commissioners also raised concerns about the village's curfew ordinance, which is 11 p.m. for kids under the age of 18.

Stott said the club will collect the IDs of people who are under the age of 18 and would announce that curfew is approaching.

If those under the age of 18 don't collect their IDs, the bouncers will look for them and send them on their way.

Although some of the business plans are still being worked out, Stott said on Friday nights the club will feature country music and on Saturday nights the club will feature different music and have theme based events.

Although young adults will own the building on Friday and Saturday nights, it won't be totally off limits for adults.

"Some of the things we plan on doing are hosting an adult prom, donate our premises to the Big Foot High School senior class one night a year, allow any youth program to fund raise or have events inside or outside the building and give a discounted rate on Dynamite Convention to any Walworth resident," the letter states.