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3809 West 25th Street


Sam and Judita Uhlin


Opened in April of 1948 after the Uhlins spent $125,000 on the establishment.
By 1951, newspaper items mentioning West Town, Chuck Spinner and Dom Georgian are noted as the impresarios who modernized the night club, which boasted a mirror paneled room capable of holding 300. Former Hollenden House chef, Ernie Gerisch, manned the kitchen.
The club had its legal woes when it was raided in March of 1958 by the police vice squad and state liquor agents over complaints of underaged drinking. Some of the young clientele were only 16 years of age and were carrying false identification. The owner, Marguerite Spinner was also cited for failure to have a license to serve food.[1]
Another raid on the club came in August of 1959 with another youthful patron was served alcohol.[2]
Perotti Tavern, Inc. at this address was charged with sales to a minor.[3]
Continuing with illegal practices seemed to be a habit for the West Town. In 1961, liquor agents found that the club was one of many that were refilling bottles with cheaper liquors.[4] For this offense, they lost their license for 30 days.
Apparently, the West Town wanted only attractive bar maids since that is what their ads specified.
The West Town Lounge begat the Westown Bar begat the Cheeks Nightclub, a business men's club featuring exotic dancers.


  1. Rock 'n' Roll Cafe's Legal Woes Deepen, Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 13, 1958, pg 3, col 1
  2. Ohio Liquor Agents Raid Two Taverns Over Weekend, Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 17, 1959, pg 38, col 3
  3. Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 26, 1960, pg 13, col 4
  4. Bars Serve Brand X At Top Prices, Clevelnad Plain Dealer, October 10, 1961, pg 1, col 8

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