Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Bar Falsified Information on Liquor Application, State Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Bar Falsified Information on Liquor Application, State Says

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A new country and western club in Earth City was rejected for a state liquor license in part because it did not initially disclose its close ties to a man charged in a bribery scheme involving prostitution and topless clubs in St. Clair County, a state official said Monday.

William Torno, director of the Missouri Liquor Control Division's St. Louis office, said A Little Bit of Texas failed to list on its license application the involvement of the late Harold Lowrie.

Lowrie, who died Sunday, was the primary owner of a national chain of topless clubs that includes the PT's and Roxy's clubs in the Metro East area. He and five others were indicted in October in East St. Louis.

Torno said Western Country Clubs Inc., the company that runs A Little Bit of Texas, said in November on its application that Lowrie's son, Troy Lowrie, was its sole stockholder. But Torno said that appeared to be "a subterfuge for Harold Lowrie and his enterprises." In all, Torno said, the company gave false answers to seven questions on the application. …

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