Seeing red: Owners of Inkster LGBT bar battle city over paint color

 Owners of an Inkster gay bar are battling the city - but it isn't about the business, it is about the paint color.

Attorney Jim Rasor represents the men starting a new business, a bar catering to the LGBT community, called Inferno.

"They've invested their life savings into it, they have put so much work into this," said attorney Jim Rasor. "And the city has been on them every step of the way."

The newly painted red exterior is raising concerns at Inkster City Hall. Officials say they are in violation of an ordinance - the city wants only earth tones - no red or orange.

The current red color could cost them $10,000 in fines. Rasor thinks there's more to it.

"I really hate to say it but I think Inkster just doesn't want that to continue to be a gay club," Rasor said. "I really think that Inkster would rather see another use for that - because there is no other explanation."

The city of Inkster tells FOX 2 that it has nothing to do with the kind of club it is, but the color.  The location was a popular LGBT bar before called Stilettos and that the problem is the color.

Rasor argues the ordinance only applies to new development - not an existing structure. Not so, says the city.

Now it will cost the owners $900 to apply for a variance or this Inferno - could play out in court.

"My clients wanted to create a premium, very safe, very fun place for the LGBT community to hang out and they've done that," Rasor said. "They really don't need the municipality to come and look for reasons they can try to mess with them. And essentially run them out of town with all this regulatory stuff."
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