Trixie's Louisville to be auctioned off after club's closing

Louisville Courier Journal

Published 2:21 PM EST Nov 7, 2019

Trixie's Louisville to be auctioned off after club's closing

Longtime nightclub Trixie's on Preston Highway in Louisville announced Thursday it will be up for absolute auction later this month. 

SVN Premier CRE & Auction will host the sale on Nov. 21 on site at 6112 Preston Highway in Louisville.  

“Times are changing and it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Thank you Louisville,” Trixie’s owner, Linda Landrum, said in a statement. 

The building was built in 1970 and was once home to Toy Tiger and Trixie's Gold Room. It was owned by William “Denny” Landrum, who died in 2014. His wife, Linda, and son, Trey, kept the business going until its Oct. 31 closure. 

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In 2017, Trixie's added a new music hall, The Tiger Room, and VIP second-floor venue, according to a statement. 

But the business couldn't survive a new adult entertainment ordinance that passed in Jefferson County in 2011 that, according to Trixie's statement, "significantly impacted" the nightclub by tightening restrictions on adult entertainment venues.  

That ordinance restricts how far workers can be from patrons, what employees can wear and what kind of surfaces are approved, among other restrictions. 

"It shall be a violation of this chapter for an employee to knowingly or intentionally, in an adult entertainment establishment, appear in a semi-nude condition unless the employee, while semi-nude, remains at least six feet from any patron or customer and on a fixed stage at least 18 inches from the floor," says the ordinance.

It also restricts how long nightclubs can stay open: "No adult entertainment establishment shall be or remain open for business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on any day." 

It also specifies all surfaces be "non-porous, easily cleanable surfaces, with no rugs or carpentry" and forbids nudity "regardless of whether such public nudity is expressive in nature." 

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The auction will be open to the public and include furniture, fixtures and equipment from the club. 

"As a Lender Approved Absolute Auction, the property is guaranteed to sell,” Bill Menish, coowner of SVN Premier CRE & Auctions, said in a statement. “We are getting a lot of interest and many of the folks who are interested remember visiting Trixie’s and have lots of memories and stories to tell.”

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