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Louis Rogue closed for renovations

The Louis Rogue Club (476 K Street NW) has closed for renovations. Owners George and Tony Sigalas hope to reopen in March as a more upscale strip club. The strip club resides on the second floor and the Sigalas brothers are seeking a tenant, possibly a restaurant, to lease the ground floor space.

Rogue Strip Club

Image of Louis Rogue from Mr T in DC

This planned new investment would seem to signify the Rogue is here for the long haul and the one-time plans to sell have all but dissolved.

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    GH says

    I’m a bit confused by 4 people liking this — are we just happy that a place we don’t want in the neighborhood might be a bit nicer than it has been, or might draw slightly nicer customers? Or is there actual demand for LR in our neighborhood?

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    FourthandEye says

    It can certainly be argued that this is not the best possible outcome. And personally even after upgrades I won’t become a customer. Not my scene. But if they make exterior improvements to the building and lease a decent restaurant for the ground floor that’s still a major improvement. Investment is certainly better than an indefinite continuation of the status quo.

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    Dub says

    Eh, keeps things interesting. So long as it’s a little more classy, I’m fine with it, given other projects in the pipeline for the area. I will say though, I’m a little surprised they wouldn’t opt to turn it into a bar/restaurant that people living in the area would actually go to. There really aren’t many local hangout spots unless you walk to Chinatown.

    But I’ve never owned a strip club before (one day..), maybe there’s a lot of money in that.

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    Si Kailian says

    I like the rogue and I think its great that they want to make it nicer and hopefully put a restaurant in the bottom floor. opening up that street level would be fantastic for the streetscape, right now the whole corner has too much dead space.

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    Rob Whitney says

    @FourthandEye
    Any follow up on this post? I haven’t seen much construction activity over there and I am concerned that the “upgrade” strategy is just a cover for letting the building stay vacant until 1) they figure out what they really want to do with it or 2) until the economy improves and the big development comes back into play.

    Given the dramatic change in the neighborhood demographics, investing in a strip club at that location just does not seem like a smart investment to me. They could make a killing with a pool/sports bar concept though.

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    FourthandEye says

    I’ve learned since I started this blog four years that it fairly typical to see a long period of nothing between when intentions are announced and visible signs of construction becomes apparent. Look at the Ray’s Hellburger that’s supposed to go between Vida and Mandu. Or the year it took Sixth Engine before construction began. Or the fact we haven’t yet seen any construction at 401 Mass for TEL’VEH or 924 Fifth Street begin their improvements. I wouldn’t read into inactivity too much.

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    Anon says

    Re Ray’s: I’ve heard that due to problems with Edens & Avant, Michael Landrum has stopped construction, and is considering pulling out of the project.