The Godfather restaurant on upper Wisconsin Avenue NW, long an irritant to some of its neighbors, has a new owner who has promised to double the number of nude dancers, add male dancers and encourage dancers to "interact with the customers as much as possible."
The First Amendment Consumer and Trade Society, a nonprofit corporation owned by Dennis Sobin, who also owns several 14th Street escort services and massage parlors, bought the Godfather restaurant after the former owners decided to close rather than fight the community to get the restaurant's liquor license renewed.
The new establishment will not serve liquor. "Since we don't have the liquor license we can be a lot more frivolous and we don't have to worry about a lot of the petty little liquor violations that go along with it," Sobin said.
A large sign reading "Under Nude Management" was hung outside the Godfather last week to provoke the "bluenoses who protested the old management," said Sobin. "Their protests have basically put them in the fire from the frying pan . . . . Frankly we're counting on that [neighborhood] harassment campaign to publicize the place."
"We encourage our dancers to get off the stage and interact with customers and have a grand old time," Sobin said.