Syracuse, N.Y. — Facing a possible 30-day stint in jail, a longtime Syracuse strip club owner has agreed to sell his business and never again operate one like it.
A settlement agreement between the city and Kevin Quinn, the now former owner of Lookers Showclub, was approved Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Rory McMahon. The strip club has operated since 1992 at 1400 N. Salina St.
As part of the agreement, Quinn said he would not associate himself with any business in New York state that provides or hosts live entertainment or adult entertainment. He also cannot participate in any business within Syracuse city limits that sells or distributes alcohol or cannabis.
Quinn also will pay $1,000 fine to the city.
He was originally scheduled to appear for a criminal contempt hearing Thursday afternoon, but it was cancelled after the judge approved the settlement.
Mayor Ben Walsh said the settlement was a win for North Side residents.
“Syracuse welcomes businesses and investment that serve the community, create jobs and strengthen our neighborhoods,” he said in a statement. “We won’t tolerate bad owners who show disregard for their neighbors and harm public safety.”
The city originally sued the club and its related corporate entities in March, claiming the business was violating the terms of its operating permit by staying open too late and opening on Sundays. The judge ordered in June that the club follow the terms of its permit.
City officials later said the club continued to operate too late into the night, leading to noise complaints and calls to the police. Court papers filed by the city showed the club advertised in a Facebook post that it would be open until 4 a.m. — two hours past the closing time in its permit.
After a hearing in September, the judge granted a request by the city to revoke the club’s operating permit and shut it down.
County real estate records show the strip club property was sold Oct. 23 for $1 to Receipt Book, LLC.
That company began a foreclosure action last February on the property, claiming the strip club stopped making payments on a $150,000 mortgage signed in 2020. The company said in court papers said it was owed around $100,000, plus interest.
The lawsuit was settled in November for undisclosed terms.
Receipt Book is managed by Ross D. Calarco, according to court papers filed in the foreclosure lawsuit.
No applications for the permit needed to operate a strip club have been filed, according to city spokesperson Greg Loh. He said city officials have not been in touch with the club’s new owner.
Calarco and Quinn also were once in business together and operated a strip club in Chautauqua County, according to documents filed in a lawsuit related to that club.
In 2008, Calarco was charged with promoting prostitution, a felony, after a sting by law enforcement at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona. Calarco has previously told Syracuse.com he was never charged. The outcome of the charge is not available.