14-Dec-19 – If your mama has not yet warned you about Dick’s Last Resort, she will now. The restaurant chain, known for its laid-back atmosphere and obnoxious servers, has been sold to Déjà vu Services, Inc., operator of approximately 132 strip clubs in the United States and five other countries.
Based in Las Vegas, the company says it is the largest strip club operator in the world. Déjà vu operates adult retail stores and adult online businesses but also restaurants, nightclubs, and even karaoke bars.
Ryan Carlson, Director of Operations for Déjà vu, confirmed the sale on Friday, as did Dick’s new local manager, Doug Jones, who started at the River North restaurant as a server.
“We are pleased to be affiliated with the Dick’s Last Resort brand and look forward to growing this chain to new heights,” said Carlson. “Dick’s is an excellent concept that will be fun to expand further on the national scene.”
According to Jones, no significant changes are expected at the Chicago location under the new ownership.
Founder has checkered past but strip club is powerhouse in adult entertainment industry
Déjà vu was founded by Harry Mohney, who is now 76 years old. Mohney started his career in the adult entertainment business in Durand, Michigan, in 1966 with theaters, bookstores, peep machines, and film and novelty distributors.
In the 1990s, Mohney served three years in prison for filing false income tax returns. More recently, a national class action lawsuit against Déjà vu reached a $6.5 million settlement with more than 28,000 exotic dancers who alleged workplace exploitation.
Chicago Dick’s was independently owned for nine years
There have been as many as 17 Dick’s Last Resort locations but now there are 13.
Promoting itself as “the joint yer mama warned you about,” the Chicago restaurant started in the River East neighborhood and in 2008 moved to its present location at Marina City.
There are Dick’s Last Resort restaurants in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Gatlinburg (Tennessee), Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), Nashville, Panama City Beach (Florida), Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), and San Antonio.