May 21, 2005 12:00am
Rick's Retaliates Against Protesters
Source: Rick's Cabaret International, Inc.
by: Company Press Release
(CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Rick's Cabaret-Charlotte, the new gentlemen's club at 5300 Old Pineville Rd that has been the focal point for protests by a religious group, has decided to retaliate - using live music, burgers and bikini-clad car washers as its weapons.
"The religious group has brought its show to our parking lot, so we thought we'd even the score by putting on our own show for our customers," said Eric Langan, CEO of Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ: Rick) a publicly traded company that runs the club. The music starts at 6 pm Saturday (May 21).
Since the club had its grand opening on Thursday night, a group led by Rev. Flip Benham of Operation Save America, has been staging noisy protests and using a bullhorn to ask patrons not to enter the club.
"Their antics sure don't seem to be slowing business down with hundreds of patrons enjoying the party inside Rick's since early Thursday night, but they are creating a nuisance," Mr. Langan said. "Everybody is entitled to their opinions and to put on legal entertainment of their choice, and are so we. We just think girls washing cars in bikinis and great live music are lots more entertaining than somebody haranguing you with their personal religious views."
About Rick's Cabaret
Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ: Rick, Ricks.com) owns and operates upscale adult nightclubs serving primarily businessmen and professionals that offer live adult entertainment, restaurant and bar operations. The company owns, operates or licenses adult nightclubs in New York City, New Orleans, Houston, Minneapolis and other cities under the names "Rick's Cabaret," "XTC," "Club Onyx" and "Hummers." No sexual contact is permitted at any of these locations. Rick's Cabaret also owns an adult Internet membership Web site, CouplesTouch.com, and a network of nine online auction sites for adult products under the flagship URL NaughtyBids.com. Rick's Cabaret common stock is traded on the NASDAQ SmallCap market under the symbol Rick. For further information contact IR@Ricks.com.
For further information contact Allan Priaulx, 917-763-5804 or IR@Ricks.com.