After decades of bikini dancers, the end has come for the Kit Kat Klub.
Demolition of the stripclub at 4842 W. Franklin Road began Tuesday in Meridian. The club is in the final stages of being purchased by Ada County Highway District, which has taken possession of the property.
Franklin Road is being widened and will go from a two-lane road to a five-lane road with full curb, gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes.
“It needs to go, because it’s in the right of way,” says ACHD Chief Information Officer Craig Quintana.
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The nightclub — a landmark at the corner of Black Cat and Franklin roads — appears to have shut its doors in late spring in preparation for condemnation. Efforts to reach building owner Barry Tassler for comment were unsuccessful.
“The club was allowed to operate at least through February but obviously kept the doors open a few months longer as we got ready for construction,” Quintana says. “The court will decide the final purchase price.”
The amount filed in the court order granting possession of the property to ACHD was $536,000 plus relocation expenses. However, negotiations are ongoing and the Kit Kat Klub proprietors are asking for more, Quintana says.
Describing the nightclub as iconic might be a stretch, but it certainly has a long, storied past.
An archived Idaho Statesman article from 1987 said that “research showed that the Kit Kat Klub, a red brick and cinder-block building whose sign includes a drawing of a scantily-clad woman sporting a cat’s ears and tail, has operated as a bar for 30 to 40 years.”