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Bars, strip clubs and breweries discover how to survive during the pandemic: Reopen as restaurants

Increasingly, bar and club owners have been turning to the same allies to stay alive during the pandemic: food and restaurant licenses. Foto: AP/John Locher

After the state of Florida shut down bars and nightclubs for the second time in June, Warren Colazzo didn't sit around complaining about government overreach, even as one of his competitors remained open for business in Tampa. Instead, Colazzo hired a consultant. He drew up plans to build a simple kitchen, and within a matter of weeks, he reopened Thee Dollhouse as a strip club with a restaurant, just like nearby Scores Gentlemen's Club and steakhouse.

"I'm not in the food business," says Colazzo, managing partner of Thee Dollhouse, who has survived his own brush with covid-19. "I'm in the adult nightclub business. But it's something that we had to do, and so far the customers really seem to like it."..

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