If I watched local television news (when we first moved here from Kentucky I had to assure my wife it wasn't real) then I'd know about the SECRET SEX CLUB ON SOUTH STREET.

Actually, this is a good reason to watch local tv news.

Undercover producer goes into the Kama Sutra private club at 7th and South and discovers people having carnal knowledge. At the bar.

"There's people having sex at the bar. There was just every kind of sex, everywhere," said a CBS 3 Undercover Producer.

Let's quote some more from KYW's Web article:

CBS 3 showed L&I our undercover video and after a surprise inspection they concluded the club at seventh and South streets is illegal. L&I officials say it's zoned to be a restaurant, not a place were people can have sex while others watch.

That sort of zoning probably costs more.

The community is not amused.

David Hammond, the director of the South Street Headhouse District wants Kama Sutra gone for good.

"South Street has the reputation of being the hippest street in town, but you gotta draw the line somewhere," stated Hammond.

Apparently AD Amorosi was hip to it, though. In a City Paper column from October 2004, he wrote: Club Kama Sutra of South Street fame will open its second secret sex club, this one in the Allentown area with pre-opening parties Oct. 16 and Oct. 23. Call 866-CLUB-CKS.

Tip to Allentown reporters. Check it out.

Seems the City Paper did a whole cover story on the SECRET SEX CLUB in February 2004.

The Daily News's Dan Gross reached the owner yesterday:

"Club Kama Sutra has been operating for five years with the full knowledge and approval of all governmental authorities," owner Alan Tizer told us yesterday.

"CKS complies with all laws and has all necessary permits, licenses and certificates," Tizer said. "CKS parties are private assemblies of consenting adults. To the extent that L&I may have found some minor code violations, they will be examined and immediately corrected. Any business in the city, subject to a secret midnight raid, would probably turn up a few code violations."

The club, which from the outside appears to be a restaurant called Señor Rattler's Cantina, initially welcomed only couples, but recently began allowing single adults to party there, too, Gross reported.

Today the Daily New columnist holds L & I's feet to fire, wondering why they got interested in the story after the TV undercover report - when they knew about the place at least since 2001.

William Young
Posted 11/18/2005 08:11:43 AM
Well, I now know where the wife and I are going to be on New Year's Eve. 
Mike D.
Posted 11/18/2005 10:10:31 AM
I went once to check it out because I was curious.  And the only reason I found out was because it was a cover story in the DN a few years ago and the City Paper.  And honestly, CKS is very private and considerate.  Imagine a bar, but if you feel like you connect with someone, you go to the other room and fool around.

Really wasn't my scene and I never went back, but I don't understand how anyone could get upset about it.  ITs right there on South St. and people walk by it a million times a day without it ever being an issue.

I wonder what motivation CBS3 had in this...are their 11pm ratings down?  Does this really deserve a two part "expose"???
Tacony Lou
Posted 11/18/2005 11:10:59 AM
Imagine! People meeting strangers on South Street and then having sex!

Why, that really does stir my Catholic-bred loins...
rob
Posted 11/18/2005 12:05:26 PM
I love that this moron David Hammond is so against this place. If he or any other member of "the community" are just now shocked by this undercover report, that means that for five years, the place has been a helluva lot better neighbor than most of the bars on South Street! I can't imagine wanting to have sex in a bar with people watching but hey - I have a lot more respect for Karma Sutra then, say, Taco Bell. 
Tom Durso
Posted 11/18/2005 02:06:13 PM
Dan, please, please, please take 3 to task for having the gall to act as if they're uncovering something illicit. It's not a secret if a lot of people already know about it! Honestly ...
linndc
Posted 11/18/2005 02:27:23 PM
There was a guy who called a radio show who was from the South Street business community board, or whatever it's called.  I don't know if it's the same group Hammond is with, or it even might have been Hammond, but no one was shocked about it.  They did know it was there.

In spite of CBS3's dramatics, the guy that called in wasn't complaining that it was a private sex club.  The complaint was the building wasn't kept up and did nothing to enhance the South Street community.  The caller pointed out that they had no problem with places like Condom Nation, or Passionale, or any of the fetish shops along that same strip because they were storefront businesses that attracted new business into the area.

If the club had kept up the restaurant and made the sex club secondary, they probably wouldn't have had a problem.

Even so, that was one of the most lame ass "investigative" reports I've ever seen.  Reminded me of that scene from Casablanca.  "I'm shocked...SHOCKED to find gambling going on in this club.!"
DAG
Posted 11/18/2005 04:23:40 PM
A sex club in Allentown? They don't even have a Starbucks...
JD
Posted 11/19/2005 09:04:09 PM
This whole mess says a lot more about the venality of KYW3 than any "secrets" at Club Kama Sutra.  It was sweeps week; they were doing a weeklong series on the 11PM called "Sex In The City" in order to hype ratings.  Someone, perhaps after noticing the ad that's been running in the CityPaper every week for the past five years, probably thought having footage of police rading a naked-people club would be just the thing to put KYW at the top of the charts. So they snuck in, got prelim footage, called the authorities, and kept the cameras rolling from that point on.

Now a legitimate good-neighbor business (as the above posts pointed out) has been ruined, just to satisfy a one-night itch on the part of some greedy, oblivious KYW producer.

I just noticed how White House the above paragraph looks.  Guess KYW and Rove/Cheney are on the same page when it comes to integrity. 
Jason
Posted 11/20/2005 11:45:09 AM
Doesn't this sort of thing happen in VIP rooms in classy clubs everywhere?
Moss Report
Posted 11/23/2005 11:37:37 AM
Dan,

Thanks for mentioning this since CBS 3 and the rest of the local tv news media are driven by the need for ratings and the need to appeal to the lowest common denominator.  Oh and of course it seems to be the people who are part of the religious right actualy believe what is reported on television news.  God save us.  
camus
Posted 12/14/2005 05:54:46 PM What next? The intrepid reporters of KYW3 soon to be doing an investigative piece on illicit sex in adult bookstores, men's public lavatories or trucker rest stops? I can hardly wait to see my favorite CBS3 male anchor cruising the gayborhood or the stalls in the Reading Terminal men's room with a mini-cam strapped to his genitalia as he commences 'stress testing' gloryholes as a form of research for this highly relevant news piece. I'VE NEVER MISSED JOHN FACENDA MORE...
Kama Sutra Art Sex
Posted 05/01/2006 12:27:54 AM
This sort of thing happens all the time. I was at a regular bar that was bought out for the night by a swingers association and yes. Yes they were actually having sex all over the BAR... the same bar i always EAT AT!. i hope they used bleach and amonia to clean up that surface