Strip club owner's lavish restaurant opens with private gala - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Strip club owner's lavish restaurant opens with private gala

By Janice Broach - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

CORDOVA, TN (WMC-TV) -  A controversial Cordova restaurant owned by a man who operates strip clubs held its grand opening gala Thursday night.

Stella Marris finally opened its doors with an invitation-only events several months after a series of meetings with concerned residents.

Invitee Lee McBee said she was apprehensive after speculation that the lavish restaurant could be an adult entertainment club.

"This isn't what I expected. I walked in, it's totally, it's nice," she said.

Restaurant owner Steve Cooper, who also owns several topless clubs, said in a phone interview Thursday that he's pleased with the way Stella Marris turned out.  

Opening night went off with just one hitch: fire trucks showed up after an automatic alarm sounded.


Copyright 2009 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly