A 'Socially Responsible' Strip Club?
By Diego James
With more and more places turning to the tried and true flesh trade, maybe it was inevitable that someone would find another, classier way for go-go guys to make a few bucks. But an upscale male strip joint? Is it possible? If Randy Rooster SF gets its way (and the San Fran Planning Department, which will have the final approval, natch), then it may just be the future for the Castro—along with LA, NY, Chicago, and Dallas—that men can enjoy an upscale dining experience, boys, and also support charities.
According to a press release, the upscale "socially responsible" business is seeking to take the artisanal, locavore movement to the gay scene. That means there won't be dollar bills stuffed in banana hammocks and you can get "locally sourced" vittles along with a warm fuzzy feeling that a portion of your money goes to a good cause. Will this be a new place for boylesque to thrive, or will it be a Magic Mike moment gussied up for the hipster set?
Here's the press release in full:
An investor group announced that RR-SF, an upscale restaurant and gay burlesque club with a philanthropic approach, is planned for the historic corner of Castro & Market. RR-SF is a socially responsible business designed to support local community organizations by donating a percentage of the proceeds to local groups.
The group of investors have undertaken the purchase of the historically significant location at the corner of Market and Castro, formerly inhabited by Diesel, to convert the previously troubled retail space into their flagship venue. After the opening of the San Francisco location, RR-SF plans to expand to several other US cities including, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Dallas.
“Our aim is to bring an upscale dining and entertainment experience to the Castro and the gay community at large,” said RR-SF spokesman Adam Alberti. “RR-SF seeks to fill a void, offering high caliber burlesque style entertainment in a clean, safe, and high-end environment that will give back to the very community where it is located,” he said.
During the day and evening, the restaurant will offer locally sourced and sustainable dining options with designer cocktails and premium wine and liquor. Inspired by the Crazy Horse in Paris, RR-SF will offer tasteful burlesque style entertainment for gay gentlemen, a service currently not offered in the City.
RR-SF is embracing a new cashless model that will raise the integrity of the institution, promoting team work rather than competition among employees. A percentage of money patrons spend will be donated to a community organization of their choice, selected upon entering the club. The philanthropic aspect of RR-SF creates a respectful and socially conscious mindset that will benefit the establishment, clientele and the local community.