HOUSTON — Adult entertainment-themed club and restaurant chain RCI Hospitality Holdings said that three of its four smaller Houston-area strip clubs will reopen on Friday.
As a result of Hurricane Harvey, one of RCI’s smaller Houston strip clubs, XTC Cabaret South Houston, flooded and will require remodeling.
Even RCI’s corporate headquarters in Houston was affected. It experienced minor water damage from rain, but it is now fully operational.
An RCI strip club outside of Houston, Temptations Gentlemen’s Club in Beaumont, Texas, also was damaged by storm water.
Nationwide, RCI operates 40 nightclubs under brand names, such as Rick's Cabaret, XTC, Club Onyx, Vivid Cabaret, Jaguars and Tootsie’s Cabaret.
RCI also operates five Bombshells Restaurant & Bars units, all in Texas. Bombshells is known as a “breastaurant” chain. Three of the five Bombshells are in Houston and each suffered losses, but they will reopen today.
RCI said that all of the affected locations have property and casualty as well as business interruption insurance. In the Houston area, RCI operates a total of seven properties.
“Most important, our most valuable asset — our staff and their families — are safe and OK,” said Eric Langan, RCI president and CEO.
“We expect the financial impact of Harvey on our Houston units will be minimal, but we will have some expenses helping our most severely impacted employees get back on their feet,” Langan said.
“We want to thank all of the first responders and volunteers in the Houston area for their incredible dedication during this unparalleled event. We also are extremely grateful for the extraordinary efforts of our staff in helping their fellow employees and in working to restore service to our customers,” he said.
“The people of Houston have been through a lot. Everybody wants to return to normalcy.”
Langan encouraged donations to legitimate charities helping Houston. For its part, RCI’s Bombshells locations in Dallas and Austin have been collecting donations of blankets, diapers, baby formula and bottled water, and will be trucking it all to Houston this weekend for local distribution.
Pictured: Entertainer performing at XTC Cabaret South Houston