Bar to return to its roots as strip club

2012-11-20T05:30:00Z 2014-01-15T19:09:35Z Bar to return to its roots as strip clubHeidi Bell Gease Journal staff Rapid City Journal
November 20, 2012 5:30 am  • 

The girls are back in town — or they will be this week — when Shotgun Willie’s reopens as a topless bar.

“We’re working our tails off right now trying to get a stage up,” owner Aaron Johnson said Monday afternoon. He said he hopes to be reopened Wednesday.

Johnson tried in early September to reinvent the business at 2808 West Main St. as a neighborhood watering hole, removing the stage and the stripper pole and renaming it Dispensary.

“I missed the boat on that one by a mile,” he said. “It was just overwhelming how many people actually were requesting it back.”

Johnson, who is trying to sell the business, also thought it might be more attractive to buyers if it was not a topless bar. Instead, “the interest in it as a gentleman’s club is way exceeding it as a neighborhood bar,” he said.

Johnson kept his adult-oriented business license and the Shotgun Willie’s sign, which will be back in place sometime this week. Some of his topless dancers will also return, although Johnson said he has hired some new dancers, too. He said he is working on some business changes that will benefit both the dancers and the bar.

Customers might notice one difference from the old Shotgun Willie’s. Johnson dropped his drink prices when he changed the bar format, and those lower prices will remain in place.

“We’re just going to keep it priced still as a neighborhood bar,” he said. “We’re just going to run it as a neighborhood bar with dancers, bottom line.”

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  1. grunt052
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    grunt052 - December 06, 2012 4:51 pm
    All I have to say is WOW. Can they make up their minds on what they want to do. lol
  2. Frank Smith
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    Frank Smith - November 25, 2012 4:02 pm
    LOL!
  3. Frank Smith
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    Frank Smith - November 25, 2012 4:01 pm
    Once you run your customers off, it is very hard to get them back. This place will be closed permanently within one year. Or perhaps it will only be open once a year (during the rally).
  4. soopysayles
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    soopysayles - November 24, 2012 9:52 am
    here's a really good option, use a d-10 cat, and a wrecking ball
  5. Saffron
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    Saffron - November 23, 2012 10:26 am
    I think the idea of having women dance behind a screen is a good one considering the caliber of rapid city strippers.
  6. Black Hawk
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    Black Hawk - November 20, 2012 2:18 pm
    Vegas had something called the Shadow Bar. The girls danced behind a screen that was backlit. It made the bar seem "higher class" and a you could bring female friends without the strip club mentality. I've been to both and I prefer a more subtle approach to nudity.
  7. lac
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    lac - November 20, 2012 12:01 pm
    I figured it would go back to a strip joint. Can't make money on selling drinks without stripers.
  8. oldsarge
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    oldsarge - November 20, 2012 9:09 am
    Was just reminiscing. Seems like yesterday when I used to walk by that same location on my way to school. Was back in the 1930's and the neighborhood was known as Green Acres. The school was known as Upper Rapid School or Red Brick...now occupied by the trophy store. Topless places weren't even in our thoughts then.
  9. JMPhoto
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    JMPhoto - November 20, 2012 9:00 am
    We shall see...
  10. ivy
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    ivy - November 20, 2012 8:24 am
    some good news...Finally
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