City shutting down strip club in downtown Mobile

City of Mobile Code Violation Notice

The City of Mobile is shutting down a strip club it says is operating illegally. Club Xcite opened its doors this weekend in the heart of the downtown entertainment district. The new "upscale gentleman's club" is located at 270 Dauphin Street. According to the club's Facebook ads, they're hiring. Exotic dancers are promised "unlimited income potential."

"We're aware of the social media. We've seen the posts," said Fred Rendfrey with the Downtown Mobile Alliance. "We want to be the entertainment district."

Not the adult entertainment district.

"This certainly doesn't support the business and family-friendly theme that we're encouraging downtown," said Rendfrey.

"From what we've seen they are not in compliance," said Deputy Director of Communications Laura Byrne

Tuesday, the city issued a notice of violation and ordered the business to cease and desist adult entertainment activities immediately.

"Under city code you are not allowed to have an adult entertainment type of enterprise in the middle of downtown Mobile," said Byrne.

The mayor's office, like the Downtown Mobile Alliance, says the codes are there to reinforce a vision for downtown. And that vision doesn’t include strip clubs.

"The mayor wants to create a safe, friendly, and business friendly downtown Mobile and a safe family-friendly city," said Byrne.

We reached out repeatedly to the club's owner for comment but did not hear back.