Mary Esther’s Club 51 strip club sold, could become a Brazilian restaurant


WYNNHAVEN BEACH – The building that once housed Club 51 Gentlemen’s Club, an adult entertainment establishment, on US Highway 98 has reportedly been sold to a group interested in opening a Brazilian restaurant on site.

Tim Beal, who along with partner Tim Galvin owned and operated the 51 Club full-time from February 2004 to July 2018, and “often enough” thereafter to retain the company’s adult entertainment license, announced the sale to “F&F RIO LLC on Tuesday.

The deal was finalized on March 31, according to Beal.

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With the sale, the number of strip clubs in Okaloosa County is reduced from five to four as Beal and Galvin will be forced to give up the license they fought for over three years to hang on to.” just in case,” Beal said, “we changed our minds and decided to reopen before the property was sold.”

Three of the remaining businesses, Club 10 owned by Beal and Galvin, Sammy’s and Red Rose, all stand close together on Santa Rosa Boulevard on Okaloosa Island. A fourth, the Matador Club, is on old Route 10 in Valparaiso, near the east gate of Eglin Air Force Base.

Beal said he had since 2018 turned down offers from potential buyers hoping to secure the club and the adult entertainment license that would have been required to continue as a strip club.

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“I have now removed the 51 Club adult entertainment license from the office wall and plan to keep it as a sentimental keepsake,” Beal said.

He said he and his partner didn’t want the added competition for Club 10 that a new adult entertainment establishment would bring.

“The overlapping clientele and artist rosters at Club 51 and Club 10 were a big part of why we decided to sell the Club 51 property, but not the business,” he said. declared. “When both clubs were running at full throttle simultaneously, we were basically competing with ourselves.”

Beal and Galvin purchased Club 51 in 2004 from DM and CC Cline for $384,000.

When it opened, it replaced an establishment known as Area 51 which, according to reports at the time, had hosted topless dances without the knowledge of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office or others. county officials.

The undercover stripping of Area 51 earned Beal and Galvin an adult entertainment business license at a time when the county was tightening its regulation of the industry.

Over the years, counties across the region have passed ordinances strict enough to discourage efforts to open new adult entertainment businesses.

Walton and Santa Rosa counties passed their restraining orders and have no strip clubs, Beal said, and of the six that were operating at one time in Okaloosa County, only four of those grandfathered.


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