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City Council To Address Nudity Claim At Local 'Breastaurant'

LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) - Officials in the city of Lewisville could soon change an ordinance to better define what constitutes nudity.

The issue came up after someone complained about what waitresses were wearing, or not wearing, at one restaurant.

A patron called Lewisville police after what they claim happened during a stop at the restaurant and bar called Redneck Heaven. When officers went to the establishment to investigate they found female waitresses serving customers with only body paint and pasties covering their breasts.

There were no charges filed or arrests made, because the wait staff had broken no law.

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"If any business were to decide to become a licensed Sexually Oriented Business then none of this matters for that particular establishment, but it applies here because the complaints were about a business that is licensed as a regular restaurant," Lewisville Community Relations Manager James Kunke explained.

Lewisville Police Chief Russell Kerbow subsequently sent a memo to the City Manager saying that while the restaurant was not in violation of the current ordinance, members of the department feel the definition of nudity or state of nudity needs to be changed.

Kunke said the issue would be presented to the city council. "The discussion for council tonight is whether they want to amend the ordinance to say specifically that body paint, body dye and tattoos do not count as opaque coverage."

Kunke told KRLD NewsRadio 1080 that this isn't the first complaint the city has received about Redneck Heaven. "A couple of years ago we had received a few complaints related to a local restaurant that some of the servers there were serving food and beverages in attire that some people considered inappropriate -- essentially pasties and G-strings," he said. "The city council at that time amended our ordinance that defines nudity to say that that was not appropriate. There has to be a certain amount of coverage."

If the council changes the ordinance and Redneck Heaven wants to continue to have employees wearing next to nothing they would have to register for a Sexually Oriented Business permit, none of which currently operate in the city.

As for the meting tonight Kunke said, "The only change that could be happening, if council wants to go that direction, is we would clarify the definition of opaque coverage. Everything else would stay the same."

KRLD tried to get a comment from Redneck Heaven but their calls have not been returned.

The Lewisville City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m.

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