Once-Topless Doughnut Shop In Bankruptcy Court Due To Eviction Efforts
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A doughnut shop owner fighting a court order that put blouses back on the store’s topless waitresses has filed for protection under federal bankruptcy law.
Jerry Gallagher, owner of Dandy Doughboy Donuts, said he fell into debt because he has had to fight eviction efforts by his landlord at a suburban shopping center.
Dandy Doughboy Donuts, where waitresses now must wear light and flimsy blouses when serving up pastries and rolls, filed Friday for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
The filing postponed an eviction trial scheduled to begin in Palm Beach County Court and will delay pending litigation in state courts.
The shop’s landlord, Forest Hill Associates, has been trying to evict the doughnut shop since it started featuring topless waitresses earlier this year.
The shop was operating as a private adults-only club with a 25-cent yearly membership fee.
Palm Beach Circuit Judge Richard Wennett last month ordered the doughnut servers to cover up but agreed to allow flimsy, see-through blouses.
The shop’s attorney, Ken Whitman, said Friday that he intended to file a discrimination suit in federal court next week to get the waitresses back out of their blouses.