| News |

Spearmint Rhino Charging Into Dallas

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Man, the Dallas Business Journal has all the good stories -- like this one from today, about how the internationally renown Spearmint Rhino topless joint's has taken over the old Old San Francisco Steak House spot on Composite Drive, off Walnut Hill Lane and Stemmons Expressway. Now, you have to be a subscriber to get the whole story, but it goes something like this: Forty-two-year-old Brad Keller of Houston is a partner in the Cali-based gents-club franchise -- he runs clubs in West Palm Beach, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia -- and he's the dude who snatched up the real estate on Composite. Why come? "I've always had my eye on Texas, being a Texas boy," Keiller tells the DBJ. "The Dallas opportunity presented itself, and I jumped at it."

This comes about a month after Houston-based Rick's Cabaret said it too was entering the Dallas market -- though we're still not sure where and won't even know till April 30, when the deal's supposed to close. (Incidentally, FinancialWire is reporting today that Rick's Cabaret International just sold some 425,000 shares of restricted common stock at $9.40 per share, and that the company's using the $3,595,500 to open the Dallas club.) The Spearmint Rhino has some 14 clubs in the U.S., not to mention a couple of adult bookstores; nonetheless, Keller tells the DBJ, "it's a misperception that the club is about sex." Absolutely not. It's about science. (Update: Yeah, I probably shoulda mentioned that's not a particularly work- or kids-friendly link there.) --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.