Emily was eager to share the news of her recent engagement. So shortly after arriving at the table, she excitedly extended her hand to show her three lunch companions the ice on her finger. As her friends oohed and aahed appreciatively, a lithe young woman on a nearby stage gyrated to the thumping beat of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” playing over the strip club’s sound system.
The four friends who make up this semimonthly strip club lunch bunch weren’t completely ignoring the dancer or the music. They appreciate the performers and their “talents.” But after meeting and eating at so-called gentlemen’s clubs for almost five years, they’re good at tuning out the hubbub. The main reason they patronize high-end places like The Palace on Loop 410 is to socialize, enjoy the $10 lunch special and do some day drinking.