Uninhibited Hipsters Set to Shake SoHo
By Ben Fractenberg
SOHO — Will they be taking off their ironic t-shirts?
An "ironic-hipster strip joint" is opening in SoHo, New York Magazine reported. The Westway, which is housed in an old Gentleman's Club on Clarkson Street between and West and Washington streets, will reportedly feature some adult entertainment when it officially opens next month — though the owners say it will be tasteful.
“We're not strip-joint owners. We're not strip-joint guys," co-owner Carlos Quirarte told the magazine.
The magazine said the venue has a 1970s vibe, complete with disco floors that light up and glittering walls.
The location was originally a meat-processing facility and then a gay porn theater, before housing several strip clubs.
Westway is now hosting private parties and will open to the general public next month. There will be male go-go dancers in Sunday and female performers on Monday.
Quirarte said he hoped the dancers might inspire patrons to lose their inhibitions.
"If people see how we're using it on the Sunday and Monday," he told the magazine, "maybe on the Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays, they'll feel more comfortable getting up there, having seen someone already do it."