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The Roanoke Times | File 2008

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating reports of a male stripping performance that allegedly took place there in March.

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating allegations that male strippers performed at Roanoke restaurant and nightclub 202 Market and Stefano’s Italian restaurant on March 28.

In search warrants filed in Roanoke Circuit Court on April 3, Virginia ABC agent Baker Goodman wrote that Virginia ABC received an anonymous complaint alleging that a disc jockey at 202 Market had posted to social media that there were going to be male strippers at the establishment.

Virginia ABC laws forbid any “striptease act” on the premises of licensed locations.

Goodman wrote that he went to 202 Market’s Facebook account and discovered a post on March 28 that read “TONIGHT* MEN FROM LAS VEGAS WILL BE LIVE @202 MARKET” with a link to the Men from Las Vegas website. After he reviewed the link, he discovered the Web page advertised male strippers performing around the country, he wrote in the warrant.

He also wrote that he found an advertisement for male dancers on 202 Market’s website. Goodman said he spoke to an anonymous source, who has provided reliable information to Goodman before and who was at 202 Market on March 28, and confirmed there were male strippers performing, according to the warrant.

Law enforcement seized two digital video recorders and two power cords listed in the search warrants.

Club owner Stephen Rosenoff acknowledged that Virginia ABC was looking into the Men from Las Vegas show at 202 Market, but declined to comment further.

In 2011, ABC suspended the restaurant’s license to sell alcohol for 10 days after a city employee stripped during a charity auction and 202 Market employees failed to stop it.

One year later, male erotic dance troupe Chippendales performed at 202 Market through legal channels.

In the April 3 search warrant, Goodman wrote that he had investigated this type of activity at 202 Market before and was able to use surveillance video as evidence.

A spokesperson for Virginia ABC did not return a request for comment on Monday night.

Contact Tiffany Holland at 981-3264 or tiffany.holland@roanoke.com. Follow her on Twitter @ThollandRT.

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The Roanoke Times | File 2008

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating reports of a male stripping performance that allegedly took place there in March.