Lusty Lady, North Beach Strip Club, to Close its Doors

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Sad news for the horny gents in town: San Francisco's Lusty Lady Strip Club is closing its doors in two weeks.

The North Beach club, which is the only unionized strip club in the world, is closing after nearly four decades of servicing San Francisco 24 hours a day with its naked girls, popular peep shows, and diverse adult entertainment.

Here's the announcement from the club's Facebook page:

Dear Ladies and Friends in the Community, It is with shaking hands & tear stained cheeks that I write to say, we just heard from our land lord, they will NOT agree to a new lease, they are closing our doors.

They have given us just TWO WEEKS. WE CLOSE OUR DOORS AND SAY GOODBYE on 9/2/13

Please help us spread the word, and make it a glorious & glamorous two weeks!

Thank you so much for all the love and support over the years!
XXX
~The Lusties

The worker-owner club opened up in 1976, giving porn aficionados a place to enjoy themselves in private booths. In 1983, the owners decided to incorporate live entertainment, where patrons could watch and interact with live nude girls.

Things got contentious at the club a few years later when "unsavory" business practices took over. According to the website, several one-way windows where performers could not see the customer they were dancing for were installed; all sorts of camera and video activity was concealed without the dancers consent. So a group of employees approached the Service Employees International Union Local 790 and after some negotiations among union officials and the near-unanimous signing of union cards, an election was planned.

All this was followed by lawyers, nasty exchanges, picket lines, and, yes, a lockout. In April of 1997, the Lusty Lady employees voted to unionize, forming the world's only Exotic Dancers Union.

But as more and more people started to get their kicks off the Internet, adult entertainment clubs like Lusty Lady faced dwindling crowds and revenue declines. By 2003, the owners said they could "feel the end was near."

And now the end has, ahem, come.




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secretmotel
secretmotel

This is where getting in bed with SEIU gets you.  And not giving your customers what they want. 

Brent Packman
Brent Packman

i often heard bout this place...never been there... oops my pants are on fire!

Jeanette N Michael Riordan
Jeanette N Michael Riordan

North Beach used to be a bawdy area when we came to the Bay Area. Hawkers at the doors of every club trying to get you to come in. Carol Dodas place was famous. I don't think it's there anymore. North Beach is still a great place to get Italian food. Almost as good as in New York.

TWAT
TWAT

truly sad. WTF is happ'nin to my fair city?

Philip Jessie
Philip Jessie

Once they unionized, the good looking factor went down.

stanflouride1
stanflouride1

Having worked as an ecdysiast I could never get into strip clubs but it is a shame that this one is closing its doors.

melissalipnutz
melissalipnutz

"The worker-owner club opened up in 1976, giving porn aficionados a place to enjoy themselves in private booths."  ---EWWWW! that's gross!

srslycmon
srslycmon

something something gentrification.

milobone
milobone

It is important to mention that the Landlords are DejaVu Corporation who own 98% of all the strip clubs in the City -- so, my guess is they will open another 24hr peep show at that location but have more control over it.
Too bad The Lusties had to rent from them to begin with. 


Joey Sinner
Joey Sinner

A lot of those girls went to the now defuct STONE and supported the bands not to mention dated a lot of us, that place holds fond memories.

Joanna Lucinda Mitchell
Joanna Lucinda Mitchell

that place has been open forever i remember when the palladium was next to it now its the hustler club.

Paul Barbagelata
Paul Barbagelata

All that crap should be shut down. The Dirty Harry era in SF is over. We want good food and better drinks in a great setting. My favorite restaurant in Romolo alley- the Basque Hotel was a testament to the food scene before these crap clubs ruined north beach and escalated crime

Steven Muñoz
Steven Muñoz

Can they at least wait till after my birthday?

toxicat
toxicat

@Paul BarbagelataWhy not bitch about City Lights, then? The Lusty never served food or drinks. I lived in the Basque for a while, btw.

SpikeMilligan
SpikeMilligan

@Paul Barbagelata Yeah, let's make all San Francisco look like Valencia Street.  What more would you expect from a real estate agent?

S_Noir
S_Noir

@Paul Barbagelata 

*You* may want "good food and better drinks in a great setting".  *I* want a San Franscisco that isn't a monoculture -- even a foodie monoculture.  There are plenty of restaurants in SF; even plenty of good ones.  

The Lusty Lady has been an important part of the sexual history of SF, which has been an important part of the sexual history of the U.S. -- it will be missed.  


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