The bar and restaurant closed in The bar and restaurant operated for eighteen years at Southwest Broadway, underneath the Broadway Theatrein downtown Portland. Sammy Davis Jr. Incommenting on the public debate of topless dancing, Carriage Room owner Dave Russell told The Oregonian : "What we're aiming at here is sort of the Las Vegas lounge show We don't believe a show has to be topless to make money, but we have to compete with other clubs, and they have to serve what the customer wants.
InLottie D. Freeman, who performed at the club as "Casey Champagne", challenged Portland's ban on bottomless dancing, claiming the restriction violated First Amendment protections of freedom of expressions.
Dale upheld the ordinance, ending a temporary injunction preventing officers from enforcing the ban for eight days. Mostly the kitchen was damaged, but the restaurant was forced to close for several days. Comedian Wallace "Wally" Blair Woolstencroft served as master of ceremonies at the Carriage Room from the late s to mid s. Pattison served as a waitress at Carriage Room for 32 years, starting in She managed the restaurant for eighteen years, before retiring in InJonathan Nicholas of The Oregonian described the club as "Portland's most venerable pleasure palace".
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Furthermore, he wrote:. The Carriage Room was once the home of Portland's last burlesque show, a place where the dancers still wore feathers and sequins and put on something more a show than they took off.
But the '80s have invaded the Carriage Room with a vengeance. Today the women take to the stage as if they're at aerobics classes at the 'Y.
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And at the end of eachthey lounge on stage looking like puppets on which someone has just cut the strings. Then the scratchy music cranks up again, and they their relentless, listless homage to men's vanity and six bucks an hour.
Carriage Room closed in when the theatre was demolished,    and Keller changed his focus to Carmen's Restaurant and Carriage Room Lounge in northeast Portland. InThe Portland Mercury published a retrospective article called "Best of Portland ", which briefly profiled a dancer who performed at Carriage Room and Mary's Club.
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According to the newspaper, the women at Carriage Room were "more cabaret performers than strippers, taking the stage to perform to a soundtrack on cassette tapes in dramatic evening gowns, with less emphasis on getting undressed". Defunct strip club and restaurant in Portland, Oregon, U. Strip club bar restaurant. The Sunday Oregonian. The Oregonian.
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