This week, check out Scarlett’s Cabaret, the adults-only nightclub in Hallandale Beach, for a chance to ogle a different kind of eye candy.
On Wednesday, May 4, RCI Holdings — the company that owns more than three dozen strip clubs and sports bars across the country, including Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami — will open a premier steakhouse at Scarlett’s.
Rick’s Steakhouse and Lounge offers guests the chance to experience a high-end dining experience late at night, whether partying at the club or simply dining out, said RCI Management President Ed Anakar.
The 3,000-square-foot establishment at Scarlett’s is modeled after Rick’s Cabaret, RCI’s New York City location, which also houses its own steakhouse.
“We’ve always felt that something was missing from Scarlett’s. We envisioned a space where you could really relax, where the music wasn’t so loud, and where you could enjoy a good meal or a cigar,” says Anakar. New times† “After seeing the success we had with Rick’s Cabaret, we decided to bring that same experience to Miami.”
Apart from the main club – although located in the same building in a space previously used for private events – Rick’s offers guests an authentic restaurant and a luxurious lounge atmosphere.
Shawn Barnes, general manager of Scarlett’s, designed a decor reminiscent of an upscale speakeasy and graced the dimly lit space with black and gold leather couches and benches, marble table tops with black and gold stripes, a black felt pool table, and gold chandeliers.
But can you partake in both kinds of meaty offerings at the same time – Rick’s and Scarlett’s?
Not exactly. While Rick’s offers guests a chance to experience a different side of Scarlett’s, the live action continues at the club next door, Anakar says, adding that table reservations are required for dinner or bottle service unless the guest is already at Scarlett’s.
“We wanted it to have that Miami feel — think a more upscale lounge and ambiance,” says Anakar. “Now you can have a night out at the club and go next door for a really good meal or just relax. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Rick’s menu and cooking are overseen by executive chef Bryan Doell, who previously held the position at The Palms Grille steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale’s now-closed Solid Gold.
While you can still order a burger, sandwich, or flatbread from the regular menu served at Scarlett’s, at Rick’s you can find a menu that focuses on high-end meats, seafood, and classic steakhouse sides.
“We focused on developing some high-quality, standout dishes,” says Doell. “And while steak is the star of the show, we wanted to make sure there was something for everyone.”
Menu options are priced from $29 to $72, including a ten-ounce Angus filet mignon in the center, 18-ounce Angus rib eye; and a classic 16-ounce Prime New York strip; seafood options include a Faroese salmon, a colossal cocktail of crab meat and Key West-style crab cakes served with a key lime aioli. Side dishes, priced from $6 to $8, include roasted mushrooms, truffle fries, grilled asparagus, and Hasselback potatoes.
Another aspect that stands out to Rick’s: the hours. The venue is open from 8pm to 5am and is one of the few steakhouses in South Florida where you can dine well past midnight; The kitchen closes at 4 o’clock
“Trying to find somewhere you can order a steak, have a high-quality experience, or eat after 11 p.m. — your options are always limited,” says Anakar. “We’ve had tremendous success in New York with these hours and believe it will work here as well.”
Anakar notes that in addition to the menu and selection of premium spirits, wines and cigars, the new establishment will be one of the few restaurants in South Florida to accept Bitcoin.
“I think Rick’s will be a very special addition to Broward County. There’s nothing like it here,” Anakar sums up.
Rick’s Steakhouse and Lounge† 2920 SW 30th Ave., Hallandale Beach; 954-455-8318; scarlettscabaret.com. Open daily from 8pm to 5am