As you may know, a controversial restaurant called Show-Me’s was allowed to open earlier this year in Naperville. However, due to its risqué atmosphere, Naperville instilled certain restrictions on the new branch of this nationwide chain restaurant, including requirements to close at midnight, a liquor license with certain restrictions, and a more conservative dress code for the waitresses.
Last year, the prospects of the new Show-Me’s sparked heated debates among the community. Families protested on location, and citizens complained to the city, claiming that the restaurant was distasteful and inappropriate for the family-friendly appeal of Naperville. For a summary of the issues involved, check here.
While the atmosphere of Show-Me’s is not necessarily an uncommon restaurant theme and the success of such establishments is undisputed — consider Hooters, Brickhouse or Tilted Kilt, none of which have a Naperville location yet, are in surrounding cities — local families and parents disputed the appropriateness of having Show-Me’s open on a major road along residential neighborhoods, and a couple doors down from a Chuck E. Cheese’s. However, Mayor Pradel views the restaurant as a legitimate business that meets all requirements, and the restaurant opened — with restrictions — earlier this year.
However, last week some of the restrictions were lifted. Now, the restaurant is permitted to stay open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. A renewed liquor license was granted without the original restrictions. The owners are also seeking permission to open an outdoor patio with the new license, but this application is still pending. Some feel that the patio would not be fair to the residents, but the final decision is up to Mayor Pradel, as liquor commissioner.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the dress code. In other locations, the attire for Show-Me’s waitresses include tight, low-cut, midriff tank tops and spandex booty shorts. At this location, waitresses are required to wear cuffed shorts and T-shirts.
Regardless of the attire, owners of the Naperville Show-Me’s are relieved to be granted longer hours and a renewed liquor license, permitting the location to be more competitive with other local restaurants. Show-Me’s executives continue to push to establish their image of a legitimate business, claiming that some residents of Naperville have a misconception about Show-Me’s. Executives reaffirm that the restaurant should be viewed as a competitive establishment, and they do in fact sell much more food than alcohol. Since their opening in February, the restaurant has been compliant, and the Naperville Police Department reports that the restaurant hasn’t caused any problems.
Check out the City of Naperville’s website to find out how you can get your opinion heard on these issues.
1126 E. Ogden Avenue