Texas’ First Drive-Thru Strip Club Has 2-Song Limit

Houston’s Vivid Gentleman’s Club has set up a drive-thru service to offer its traditional form of entertainment — separated from drivers by steel barricades — along with takeout from its bar menu.  The venue installed a massive white tent outside its 2618 Winrock Blvd. location — and inside are steel barriers separating drivers from dancers, neon lights and loudspeakers.  Some of the performers wear masks, and some don’t, but they are all socially distanced from the cars, and drivers leave tips on the pavement.  Under Texas’ coronavirus regulations, restaurants can operate only at half capacity and bars can make to-go sales only.  Strip clubs, depending on how they’re set up, could be in one category or the other, the Chronicle reported, but Vivid does not qualify as a restaurant.  As part of its drive-thru model, drivers have a two-song limit inside the tent as their food is prepared, general manager Gino DiLollo said.  The pavilion, according to the report, resembles the pop-up COVID-19 testing sites in the state.  DiLollo said the move doesn’t make much money for management but helps the performers provide for their families amid a statewide shutdown that has put thousands of workers in the food, beverage and live entertainment industries out of work.  “Here’s the thing, I think we’re essential to the people we employ here to support their kids and whatnot,” he said.  “They rely on us; this is how they make a living. I do think we’re essential.

Photo Credit: vividgentlemensclub.com

 

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan