Cops raid strip club that tried to open as ‘restaurant with entertainment,’ with no lap dances
Club Onyx, a strip club in Houston, was raided after trying to rebrand themselves as a restaurant with entertainment.(Google Maps)
That must be an interesting menu.
A Texas strip club that tried to re-brand itself as a “restaurant with entertainment" was forced to shut down shortly after opening its doors at midnight Friday, the first day of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Phase 1 reopening plan.
The plan allows retail stores, movie theaters, malls and restaurants to reopen with 25% capacity after a six-week coronavirus lockdown.
Club Onyx in Houston apparently tried to circumvent the new order by promoting its adult entertainment facility as a restaurant and vowing not to allow lap dances or parties larger than six people, among other social distancing measures.
“Seating will be limited as we will be following state guidelines and health recommendations of social distancing,” club officials wrote on social media earlier this week. "We will have sanitary stations set up with hand sanitizer and all staff will be practicing the strictest sanitary guidelines.
But shortly after the club re-opened, police and the fire marshal raided the building and turned off the music as they tried to determine whether the business had a restaurant license and was allowed to re-open, local station KHOU reported.
The club’s owner, Eric Langan, eventually agreed to close the facility after cops threatened to charge him — but he’s still not convinced he can’t re-open.
“I said, ‘Oh, so we’re a full-service restaurant.’ So we can open,” he told the station.
“The reality of it is, with about 25% occupancy, we can have about 75 people here," Langan added. "We’re not going to make money, but our employees will make some money, and people will get to get out of the house.”
Abbott’s executive order, which has been described as “vague and unenforceable,” also allows museums and libraries to open under the same 25% occupancy limitation. In counties with fewer than five COVID-19 cases, most businesses can reopen with up to 50% capacity.
The list does not include “bars, gyms, public swimming pools, interactive amusement venues such as bowling alleys and video arcades, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons,” the Texas attorney general said in a statement.
Texas has more than 28,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 800 deaths, according to the state’s health department.