DRAIN, Ore. – The Top of the Bowl strip club willingly surrendered its liquor license to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as of last week.
Rik Marin, the manager of the controversial club told KEZI 9 News they made the decision after they were served another violation from OLCC, right after their 50-day suspension ended in January.
In October, the OLCC temporary suspended their license after they were accused of violating COVID-19 protocols like mask wearing and social distancing inside the club.
“They pushed and pushed us and we had to finally figure out a way to do what we’re doing without all the control,” said Marin.
Without their license, the club cannot serve alcohol. However, Marin decided to convert the Top of the Bowl into a private, member-only club. They will be charging people yearly or monthly memberships to get into the club.
Marin said they will no longer sell alcohol. However, he said members will be able to bring in bottles if they would like.
“We own the building. It’s our building to do what we want with it and now we’re a private club.”
Gateway Family Fellowship pastor Ray Perry, which sits right next to the strip club, said he was shocked when he learned that Marin surrendered the license. However, he said he was frustrated to learn that they are taking the easy way out.
“They bucked the system so far and they’re continuing to buck the system,” said Perry.
OLCC spokesperson Bryant Haley said there is nothing illegal with the Top of the Bowl converting into a private club, especially if they are not serving alcohol. However, he said they will be keeping a close eye on the club to make sure their new business model is compliant.
“We’ll see how this model works for them and what they’re actually doing,” said Haley. “It’s sometimes really hard to, depending on what the business model is until we actually talk to a licensee.”
However, Marin said he is hopeful they won’t hear from OLCC anytime soon.
“It’s eliminating the OLCC and us fighting them again,” he said.