Strip clubs, tattoo parlors, and more are banned in Trump’s Old Post Office hotel


Donald and Ivanka Trump may not open a bait shop or a dentist at the Old Post Office Pavilion. (Jeffrey MacMillan/JEFFREY MACMILLAN)

Donald and daughter Ivanka Trump are planning wholesale changes to the Old Post Office Pavilion, among them fashioning 271 guest rooms, creating a massive ballroom, adding fancy restaurants and converting the former offices of the postmaster general into two opulent suites.

But that doesn’t mean they have completely free reign on what to bring to their $200 million luxury hotel.

Among 319 pages of Old Post Office leasing documents the federal government released Thursday after a request by the Washington Times are a list of the uses the Trumps agreed not to bring to the historic building.

Among the businesses the Trumps may not open there:

• Yard or lawn equipment stores.

• Flea markets.

• Gentlemen’s clubs, topless cabarets or “all male revues” (although adult-oriented entertainment on the tv in the hotel room or on personal electronic devices is permitted).

• Escort services, erotic clothing/equipment/sex toy stores or condom stores.

• Adult video stores or adult book stores.

• Dentists.

• Secondhand furniture or clothing stores (with exceptions for antique stores and auctioneers of “fine and decorative furnishings and clothing.”)

• Blood banks. Excluding short-term blood drives.

• Discount layaway jewelry.

• “Sellers of illegal drugs or narcotics and paraphernalia relating thereto.”

• Pawn shops.

• Bail bondsmen.

• Auto supply stores.

• Public laundromats.

• Army and Navy surplus stores.

• Tattoo parlors.

• Fish and bait shops.

• Dollar stores.

For good measure, there are a few of the things that actually must be a part of the Trump hotel at the Old Post Office when it reopens, probably in early 2016, per leasing documents.

• The Benjamin Franklin statue will remain outside.

• The Ditchley Bells of the U.S. Congress, in the clock tower, will remain owned by the government, which will continue to rely upon the Washington Ringing Society for their ringing.

• Artwork by Robert Irwin, called “48 Shadow Planes,” will remain in the building and the government will retain its ownership.

• Five leases with commercial antenna companies (AirBrand Communication, Turner Properties, NBC News, Diversified Communications and ABC News) will remain in place.

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Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.
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