CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- What seemed like a good idea to the owner of an Elgin strip club to stay open to give people a diversion, turned out to be unsuccessful.
Blackjacks Gentlemen’s Club does not fall under the same rules as bars and restaurants that were forced to close or offer only carryout and/or delivery. It does not have a liquor license and does not serve food.
Owner Anthony Buttitta posted on the strip club’s Facebook page this week, confidently announcing the venue would operate as usual, but would follow social-distancing guidelines.
One post read, “Need to get out of the house? Come play tonight at Blackjacks."
He noted they were disinfecting and sanitizing and following CDC guidelines, but Buttitta told the Chicago Tribune, almost nobody showed up and the club is now closed.
"We did try. But nobody showed up,” Buttitta said.
The dancers are private contractors, so they cannot collect unemployment as employees of Blackjacks Gentlemen’s Club. Buttitta is concerned about them, he said, as most are single mothers.