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Temporary restraining order filed against Tyler 'breast-aurant'

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Smith County judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a Tyler restaurant scheduled to open next month.

Double D is supposed to replace El Chico on Loop 323 in Tyler.

The building is right across the parking lot from Toys and Babies R Us, and that is causing some controversy.

Toys R Us corporate offices filed a petition requesting a temporary restraining order, and a Smith County judge signed it Thursday.

According to the order, anyone associated with Double D is prohibited from doing four things:
-Using the name Double D on the property
-Using the horseshoe logo on or in association with the property
-Employing people to work in "semi-nude" or "scantily clad" attire
-Making material changes to signage without Toys R Us's consent

"I don't see any reason as to why they have to open up right next to a toys R us so I agree with the restraining order to a point," said Chris Mason, a man who lives in Tyler with his family.

According to a Smith County Judge, Double D violated their lease by not running these changes by Toys R Us first.

While Toys R Us chose not to comment and Double D didn't return our calls, people in Tyler had plenty to say.

"What is the big deal with all of this? It's a restaurant just like anywhere else. You make of it what you want to make of it in your own mind," said Tylerite Danny Hobbs.

"I just think it probably would to better somewhere else other than in a toy store where kids are coming in and out," said Amy Long, who also lives in Tyler.

"This is probably the worst location it could have happened," said Melissa Snook, a Tyler mother.

But, as far as the city is concerned Double D is playing by Tyler's rules.

"They followed the permitting process, they were properly zoned and we issued then a permit," said Michael Wilson, development services engineer at the City of Tyler.

And the city said Double D is not considered a sexually oriented business.

"This is not defined as an SOB and the zoning of where this restaurant is located is appropriate for the use, which is commercial," said Wilson.

So as of today, preparations for Double D Ranch's grand opening were still underway.

The Smith County judge has ordered representatives from double d's to appear in count on August 11th to make their case as to why the restraining order should be removed.

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