Woonsocket strip club to reopen for outdoor dining; view from street will be blocked

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) ─ R.I. Dolls, a strip club located in Woonsocket, is set to reopen Thursday for outdoor dining under specific guidelines, according to owner Andrew Noyes.

Noyes said the gentlemen’s club will serve food outside and will not be offering any adult entertainment.

Originally, Noyes said he proposed setting up an outdoor tent with a portable stage for dancers, but the Woonsocket Zoning Board shot his idea down on Monday.

“We just wanted to try to get a little creative and try to get ahead,” he said. “Join in with the restaurants and open up, try to do some business and get my employees back to work.”

Under Phase 1 of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to reopen Rhode Island’s economy, Noyes is allowed to offer outdoor dining as long as they follow the state’s guidelines.

Noyes said that his female servers will be dressed in bikini tops and short mini skirts, but will be blocked from street view.

“For now, I do have a couple of large vehicles that will be making a little horseshoe with, and the area that we are using for the outdoor dining is kind of off the side of the street anyways,” Noyes explained.

R.I. Dolls already has several online reservations booked for the upcoming weekend. Noyes said customers will be required to wear masks and will have their temperatures taken with a forehead scanner upon arrival.

Noyes said he’s aware that the business has been receiving backlash from other businesses that aren’t allowed to reopen.

“I hope they all can open, but you know, some people are going to hate on us because they are just sitting at home unemployed and have nothing else to do,” Noyes said.

R.I. Dolls will be opening at 4 p.m. and will be required to close by 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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