UPDATE: Owner of Botetourt County club will fight to open
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 10:48:15 PM EST
The owner of a new nightclub for teenagers in Botetourt says he plans to fight for the right to party.
On Monday, WDBJ7 told you about a dance this Saturday at Ziggy's Studio 198 in Buchanan.
Wednesday, we found out that Ziggy's isn't legally allowed to host such a party, because the club doesn't have a dance hall permit.
In a statement to WDBJ7 earlier today, the club's manager Larry Bray said he plans to fight the town's ordinance, calling it a "gross injustice."
Bray says the new business is designed to give children a fun, safe environment to socialize in, and a permit should not be required.
A teen dance club in Botetourt County will not open as planned Saturday.
On Monday we told you "Ziggy's Studio 198" in Buchanan would be hosting a dance Saturday night for kids 14 to 19. But town officials have told WDBJ7 the necessary permits to host this dance have not be obtained.
Mayor Larry Hall tells us, not only is there no dance hall permit, it's against town code to have a teen dance without parental or family supervision.
The mayor says Saturday's dance is now canceled.
We were unable to reach Ziggy's Entertainment, which is holding the dance.
Original story from Jan. 13, 2014
The small town of Buchanan is hosting a party.
But, the guest list is an exclusive one.
"A teen dance club in Buchanan? Why?" asks the reporter
"Why?" repeats owner Ken Bray, "Because Buchanan and Botetourt County actually have nothing to do for kids. We have about 8-thousand kids roaming around this area and nothing to do on Friday and Saturday nights."
But, Bray says now they do.
Bray opened Studio 198 last year, but had to close it because of health problems.
Now, he's joined forces with Ziggy's Entertainment.
The new club, Ziggy's Studio 198, opens Saturday.
"We have staff that are going to be here, we're going to make sure that your kids are going to be safe and that there's not going to be anything here that you wouldn't allow at the house," says Jamie Hill of Ziggy's Entertainment.
The goal is to give teens, especially those who live in Botetourt County, a reason to stay close to home.
Explains Bray, "We found that yes the kids do have something to do, but they have to go to Roanoke to do it."
The club will be open to kids 14 to 19 years old on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bray says there will be strict rules and deputies will make several visits throughout each night.
"The kids do not come in with backpacks and purses, if they come in -they stay in here, they do not leave.. If they leave they're not allowed to come back in," explains Bray.
Adds Hill, "All our DJs know what's acceptable for high school dances. All of our DJs that are going to be running this have all worked proms. So, if it's not allowed at a prom, it's not going to be allowed here."
Organizers hope kids and parents embrace the new venture.
And, have a little fun in the process.
To learn about Ziggy's Studio 198 theme nights and how to get tickets, along with rules, by clicking here
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