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New hearing set for Wantagh cabaret

The Hempstead Town Board of Zoning Appeals has scheduled a rehearing on a planned Wantagh cabaret that was the subject of a protest last weekend, town spokesman Mike Deery said Wednesday.

A May 18 hearing will be held to reconsider a 2010 decision that granted the cabaret license for the site, at 3500 Sunrise Hwy., which abuts homes on Oakland Avenue.

The board approved the application in June with restrictions: no topless, bottomless or nude entertainment in the venue. Hempstead Town ordinances prohibit adult entertainment venues within 500 feet of residential neighborhoods and schools.

Bill Cohn, an attorney for the site’s owners, who operate the Billy Dean’s Showtime Cafe strip club in Bellmore, said he could not comment on the decision “until I see their reasons to justify” it. But he did decry protests surrounding the site.

“It’s really outrageous that a mob mentality has formed with regard to this business, which has gone through all of the legal processes and is not even open,” he said.

In a news release, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilwoman Angie Cullin encouraged residents to attend the May 18 rehearing.

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