lease sign posted near the former Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen's
Club is seen Tuesday afternoon in the town of Trenton.
Photo by John Ehlke
TOWN OF TRENTON — A proposal to transfer
a liquor license from a closed strip club to a different
company was rejected by the town board Tuesday night.
The former gentlemen’s club, Spearmint Rhino, has
been closed for several months. ZES of Trenton LLC sought to
have the liquor license transferred to Mookie Exotic LLC. A
member of Mookie Exotic LLC’s board is Boro Buzdum of Slinger,
who was part of a group that was denied an operator’s license by
the board in July to reopen the club under the name TNT
Town Attorney Tim Schoonenberg said Police Chief
Joe Gabrish recommended rejecting the transfer for three
“The president of the new group has a prior
record that the board reviewed earlier during deliberation on
the earlier request. The second reason is because of the
numerous 911 calls at that location and the third is there’s a
list of about 26 violations from around West Bend, Trenton and
around the county that should be taken into account,”
One of the officers of Mookie Exotic LLC, Zivko
Buzdum, admitted in the application for the license transfer he
had been convicted of a driving under the influence charge
“about 10 years ago.”
Town Supervisor Ed Doerr made the motion to deny
the license transfer.
“I think based on the chief’s recommendation it’s
the thing to do,” Doerr said.
According to a memo written by the police chief
to the town board earlier,
Boro Buzdum pleaded guilty to a secondoffense
operating while intoxicated in 2014 and had the same violation
Schoonenberg said as part of the legal process
the town clerk will mail a notice to Mookie Exotic LLC officers
detailing the reason for the town’s denial of the transfer.
“They can ask to appear before the town board for
an appeal during a closed session,” Schoonenberg said.
No one from Mookie Exotic LLC spoke at the
meeting. The Daily News was unable to reach a representative of
the company before press time.
In other business, the board tabled a proposal to
change rules regarding weight limits on town roads until
October’s meeting. The board discussed a proposal but Gabrish
said there might be an easier way to accomplish the goal the
board is seeking.
Town Chairman Joe Gonnering said holding the idea
for more discussion was a good idea.
“If we approve what’s being proposed we would be
creating more paperwork, but would that really solve the
problem?” Gonnering said.
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