St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg, Florida
Published: Wednesday, November 10, 1976
By James Harper, Pasco Times Staff Writer
NEW PORT RICHEY - Jugs 'N' Suds, New Port Richey's controversial new topless drive-in restaurant, apparently is violating at least one Florida law, a State Division of Hotels and Restaurants official said Tuesday.
The restaurant owner did not apply for a curb service license when they applied for and received licenses for counter and takeout service, Mike Tampas, a field investigator for the division, told The Times.
AS DIVISION officials gathered the license information for the state attorney's office today, City Manager Jack Theurer said. Because the lack of this type of license is a state offense, the state attorney's office will have to handle the matter, Theurer explained.
The restaurant also does not have an entertainment license from the city which is required for dancing, Theurer said. City police are investigating possible action in that regard, he said.
THE MAJOR controversy over the new restaurant, which is the forerunner of another to open soon on U.S. 19 and the first of a proposed chain of topless drive-ins, has been over the idea that topless waitresses would appear outdoors.
"We looked patiently all day for them to come out barchested, but they didn't," Police Capt. James Bottner said. He said the waitresses wore sweaters when they served outside customers.
"We will continue to watch them for other violations," said state official Tampas, adding that when the other licenses were granted the applicants said they would operate in a manner of the previous owner.
THE BUILDING had been used for a Biff-Burger and Rib shack. Both of these went out of business.
A special City Council meeting was to be held Tuesday night to consider complaints against the restaurant from the mayor and residents.
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