From G-Strings to Chicken Wings: Chick-Fil-A to Open in a Former Portland Strip Club

Close up of the Chick-fil-A logo sign with the blue sky in the background in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, June 23, 2023. Chick-fil-A, Inc is an American fast food restaurant chain.

In a surprising twist that sounds more like the punchline of a joke than real estate news, a Chick-fil-A is eyeing a spot that's currently shaking things up as a strip club in Portland's Hazelwood neighborhood. Yes, you heard it right—where there were once disco balls and dance poles, there may soon be chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

This would mark the first Chick-fil-A within the Portland city limits, with plans to transform the saucy 0.85-acre site at 9950 SE Stark Street, presently home to The Venue Gentlemen’s Club.


Built in 1984, this location might swap its scantily clad performers for crispy chicken, as the planning records suggest a demolition party to make way for a nearly 5,000-square-foot Chick-fil-A palace, featuring 98 indoor thrones and 12 patio perches.

In less appetizing news, the location was recently spotlighted by the Portland police due to a tragic incident, where Morieo Camel-Harris, 35, met a grim fate right outside the club's doors on April 1st. Another person was injured during this unfortunate event and is currently receiving treatment, though details about their condition are as scarce as clothing on a Friday night at The Venue.

For those who think they can help sprinkle some justice on this situation, the Portland police are asking anyone with information to email Detective Calvin Goldring or Detective Brad Clifton. It seems the only thing crazier than this location's history would be missing out on those Chick-fil-A sauces once the place gets its makeover!