A longstanding Cheshire Bridge Road strip club that once proclaimed itself "Just Like Cheers With Naked Ladies" could be the next Atlanta nightlife destination to be swapped out for apartment development. The owners of a 2.4-acre parcel at Cheshire Bridge and Faulkner roads are lobbying to change zoning to allow for a high-density, large-scale apartment complex. The property contains a vacant lot and The Doll House Gentlemen's Club, which has possibly the most suggestive business logo in Atlanta. (And according to Yelp, the shrimp pasta ain't too shabby, either).
The property owner argues that existing uses "are not contributing in a positive manner to the environment" and that apartments would jibe with a 2004 study geared toward improving the corridor, according to a rezoning application filed by 2050 Cheshire Bridge Road LLC in June. A better use of the property, they contend, would be a multifamily development with about 200 units.
Some other highlights of the rezoning application:
"The subject property … is in need of revitalization. There is not other similarly situated, available, land for the proposed use."
"The proposal will have a beneficial impact on the neighborhood's character by replacing these uses with a more vibrant use and creating a 24-hour residential presence on the site. The zoning will encourage redevelopment in the area to fill in the gaps between Buford Highway and Piedmont Road."
According to the application, the apartments would have average monthly rents of $1,400 with an expected delivery date of October 2017. Atlanta's Zoning Review Board is scheduled to hear the matter at a meeting in early September.
While it might not be an institution like the Clermont Lounge or the Cheetah, online intel suggests the Doll House has operated for at least six years. Here's an excerpt from one Yelper's five-star review back in 2009: "Doll House is another one of my favorite strip clubs to hang out in," wrote Sandra H. "I love the atmosphere in this club. Doll House is a smaller strip club, but it is a neighborhoor (sic) bar, kind of like Cheers."