In the early days, Red’s had Go Go Dancers. Here’s Arnie’s and Mark’s perspective:
*Excerpt from a video created for Arnie’s 80th birthday in 2003.
If it interests you, here’s another story about Go-Go girls.
Arnie and his mother, Ida. He didn’t smoke but this is the second photo I found this week with a cigarette in his hand!
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In the mornings, we had Go Go dancers because we knew the late shift at Goodyear would stroll in around 6am. We did this until the late sixties.
One morning the Vice Squad came in under cover. Nobody knew who they where, they just sat there drinking their beers. Apparently, one of the girls showed too much. Of course, in those days, the girls didn’t show anything compared to what you would see today.
Well, the next thing I know, they closed me down. I was closed for 72 days. I got myself a lawyer and had it cut down to 42 days. I took the citation and closed on January first and didn’t reopened until Valentines day, exactly 42 days later. We used that time to do a major remodel by adding a new wing. We really fixed the place up. I even put in a new dance floor. It actually was the start of the new Red’s – the classy Red’s. May have been the best thing that happened to me.
Arnold Red Shapiro
One day, the State Liquor Department, decided to send a kid in to test us to see if we carded patrons. This “customer” was over six feet tall and didn’t look anything like a kid. He looked more like he was 25 years old. Well, unfortunately, Lillian was working that day and she served him a drink. Next thing I know, they busted us. Now days, if you were caught serving alcohol to a minor, they would fine you about $100 a day for a certain amount of time. Not back then. In those days, you were immediately shut down. Lillian was arrested and we had to close for 7 days. Of course, I went to the jail to bail Lillian out.
In 1963, this was a bad situation because I had to lay of all my employees for a week! It was really devastating. Back in those days, bars got closed all the time for serving to a minor. They would put a sign on the door saying, “Closed for repair” or “Closed for remodeling.” to disguise the real reason they were closed. I put a sign on the door that read, “We’ve been bad.” The Beacon Journal put a photo of that in the paper.
Story by Arnold “Red” Shapiro