Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Announces Move to New Location

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Announces Move to New Location

Lucy’s Key West is Relocating to 221 Duval Street in Time for Fantasy Fest

(NEW ORLEANS) – September 24, 2018 – Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (Lucy’s), the beloved surfer-inspired bar & restaurant, today revealed plans to move its Key West restaurant to 221 Duval Street, a few blocks from the original home on Grinnell Street. The Duval Street location is set to open around Fantasy Fest.

Situated on the lively 200th block of Key West’s Duval Street, the new space is larger than Lucy’s previous home at 5,500 square feet and features a spacious dining room, large outdoor patio, front porch, and second-floor balcony and bar. Overall, the new setting provides a better layout and ambiance to accommodate customers.

The venue will feature a new look designed by Gravity Architecture & Design, LLC of Orlando, Florida. A courtyard patio and private event space are a couple of the extensive upgrades and renovations planned to the new location on Duval.

Lucy’s debut in 2016 on the corner of Grinnell and James Street garnered local support and rave reviews.

“There’s a lot of sentimentality surrounding our original location, but we’ll still be serving up the same delicious food and drinks locals and visitors have grown to know and love,” said Lucy’s Director of Operations Jamie Munoz, “We are deeply grateful to the Key West community and Old Town neighborhood and look forward to the next chapter.”

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant got its start in New York City on the Upper West Side in 1985. That location, which remained open for a decade, became a favorite for celebrities such as David Letterman, Tom Cruise, and the Wolves of Wall Street, among countless others.

In 1992, Lucy’s debuted in New Orleans’ iconic Warehouse District, becoming a mainstay in city nightlife. In 2016, Lucy’s looked further south to Key West, FL to open its second location. The bar & restaurant has since opened locations abroad in Aruba and Costa Rica.

Lucy’s move to 221 Duval Street will feature familiar menus, hours, and employees.

“We’re still the same Lucy’s our loyal customers have known,” said Jamie Munoz, “We hope our guests are as excited as we are for this transition that will help Lucy’s live on for many years to come.”

To learn more, visit lucysretiredsurfers.com.

New Orleans pizza chain ditches plastic straws for sugar cane

The Reginelli’s Pizzeria chain in the New Orleans area has announced that it has removed plastic straws from its restaurants, and will provide biodegradable sugar cane straws as an alternative upon request.

“Save the Earth! It’s the only planet with pizza,” the chain said on social media.

Reginelli’s isn’t the first New Orleans restaurant to get rid of plastic straws. Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd., New Orleans, stopped using plastic in July; customers can buy a reusable metal straw for $2 if they like. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant, 701 Tchoupitoulas St., has also banned plastic straws.

In July, Starbucks announced it would stop using plastic straws by 2020 as part of a no-plastic-straws movement that has gained momentum in recent years after a video showing a sea turtle with a plastic straw wedged in its nose went viral.

Disney has announced it will ban plastic straws at its parks and on its cruises.

Reginelli’s says its sugar cane straws are sturdy; some straw-replacement efforts have been criticized for using flimsy straws.

Feasting in the Florida Keys: Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés You Must Try!

It was the birthplace of key lime pie in the 1880’s then in 2006; the Florida state legislature designated Key Lime Pie as the official state pie of Florida. With that kind of gravitas, you have to try it early and often! Start the appreciation of all things key lime at Kermit’s in Key West and make sure you take home some key lime souvenirs (though in my case by take home I mean buy them and eat them before I get on the plane).

There may be more restaurants, bars and cafes than you can swing a cat at in the 150 isles of the Florida Keys, so loosen your belt, and try just a few of our favourites.

Key West

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar offers coastal-inspired cuisine and an authentic, laid-back place to eat, just like a surfer’s lifestyle. There are so many menu options to choose from including the Sunset Shrimp Salad, Blackened Fish Tacos, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, the Mahi Mahi Sandwich and did I mention their key lime mouse?

The Hottest New Orleans Restaurants This Fall!

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant will make you feel like you’re on the beach taking in the view, a taco in one hand and a margarita in the other. Their menu is inspired by popular surf spots around the globe. Bring your furry friend to the bar, give him a bite of your delicious Bacon Brie Chicken Sandwich smothered in Creole Honey Mustard, and let the party begin! 701 Tchoupitoulas St. | 523-8995 | lucysretiredsurfers.com

Scores passes the mantle, and pole, and becomes a Penthouse Club

Scores, a “gentleman’s club” that opened in 2006 a short ways from Baltimore’s infamous red light district known as The Block, is rebranding as The Penthouse Club-Baltimore, the operators announced this week.

The mantle, and the pole, is passing along with the liquor license. That’s the last step in what the owners are calling a reinvention for the club, which has been considered a pricier alternative to other so-called gentlemen’s clubs in town.

A grand opening is expected in November.

The 13,000-square-foot club off the Fallsway near the state correctional complex has been renovated and will become the 10th Penthouse Club licensed or owned by Penthouse Clubs Global Licensing LLC, a subsidiary of the privately owned hospitality investment firm Kirkendoll Management LLC.

A press release from the company states that Brian Shulman, co-owner of the club, believes that the name will attract new customers, including business travelers and tourists.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Announces Move to New Location

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Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Announces Move to New Location

Lucy’s Key West is Relocating to 221 Duval Street in Time for Fantasy Fest

(NEW ORLEANS)September 24, 2018 – Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (Lucy’s), the beloved surfer-inspired bar & restaurant, today revealed plans to move its Key West restaurant to 221 Duval Street, a few blocks from the original home on Grinnell Street. The Duval Street location is set to open around Fantasy Fest.

Situated on the lively 200th block of Key West’s Duval Street, the new space is larger than Lucy’s previous home at 5,500 square feet and features a spacious dining room, large outdoor patio, front porch, and second-floor balcony and bar. Overall, the new setting provides a better layout and ambiance to accommodate customers.

The venue will feature a new look designed by Gravity Architecture & Design, LLC of Orlando, Florida. A courtyard patio and private event space are a couple of the extensive upgrades and renovations planned to the new location on Duval.

Lucy’s debut in 2016 on the corner of Grinnell and James Street garnered local support and rave reviews.

“There’s a lot of sentimentality surrounding our original location, but we’ll still be serving up the same delicious food and drinks locals and visitors have grown to know and love,” said Lucy’s Director of Operations Jamie Munoz, “We are deeply grateful to the Key West community and Old Town neighborhood and look forward to the next chapter.”

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant first opened its doors in New York City on the Upper West Side in 1985. That location, which remained open for a decade, became a favorite for celebrities such as David Letterman, Tom Cruise, and the Wolves of Wall Street, among countless others.

In 1992, Lucy’s debuted in New Orleans’ iconic Warehouse District, becoming a mainstay in city nightlife. In 2016, Lucy’s looked further south to Key West, FL to open its second location. The bar & restaurant has since opened locations abroad in Aruba and Costa Rica.

Lucy’s move to 221 Duval Street will feature familiar menus, hours, and employees.

“We’re still the same Lucy’s our loyal customers have known,” said Jamie Munoz, “We hope our guests are as excited as we are for this transition that will help Lucy’s live on for many years to come.”

To learn more, visit lucysretiredsurfers.com.

Images and interviews available upon request.

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About Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Founded in 1985, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant offers coastal-inspired cuisine and surfer-inspired cocktails. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, the Lucy’s brand has remained true to its tradition of providing guests an authentic and laid-back place to eat, drink and mingle. Lucy’s menu features delicious options of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, entrees & vibrant cocktails. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant now has locations in Louisiana and Florida, USA, and as well as Costa Rica and Aruba. Lucy’s is owned and operated by New Orleans-based investment company Kirkendoll Management. To learn more about Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, please visit https://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/.

About Kirkendoll Management, LLC

Founded in 1987, Kirkendoll Management LLC is a privately owned, boutique, hospitality-investment firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs domestically in Florida, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania and internationally in Aruba and Costa Rica. Kirkendoll Management, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Penthouse Clubs Global Licensing LLC, is the exclusive licensor of The Penthouse Club and branded products worldwide. For more information on Kirkendoll Management LLC, please visit www.kirkmgmt.com.

New and Buzzworthy Dining Options in Aruba

For many of you the warm sun, white sand beaches and breathtaking turquoise sea is what draws you to the little, happy island of Aruba time and time again. But what comes next on the list? Personally, I don’t think this is even up for debate. Food. Yes, food makes the world go round. And, guess what? You can find some pretty delicious food here, not to mention quite a unique and wide selection of cuisines and flavors to excite your taste buds.

If you’re anything like me (a foodie at heart) you are always looking for the new and worthy food spots to pay a visit. Well, I’ve got you covered… check out some of the new, buzz-worthy restaurants worth visiting next time you’re in Aruba!

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Flavor: Coastal fusion. California meets Southwestern meets Caribbean. Lucy’s drink selection is also worth mentioning… as there are so many tropical and thirst quenching cocktails to choose from!

Buzz: Talks have been circulating of Lucy’s opening up for quite some time now… and finally, here it is! Good news, I can tell you it was well worth the wait… this place offers a true permanent vacation feel and delicious food that hits the spot… they even have a late night grub menu for the night owls!

Vibe: Quite the scene. Situated alongside the dock at the marina, this open air venue showcases many bright and colorful accents and has plenty of fun and comfy seating areas. Sway in a hammock or lounge in one of their beach chairs with a drink in your hand. Fun, relaxation, party, live music, good food, happy hour… whatever you’re looking for… Lucy’s has it.

Location: Downtown at the Renaissance Marina (directly across from the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino)

Kirkendoll Management LLC Purchases The Penthouse Club – Tampa

​On Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, Kirkendoll Management LLC (KM) closed on the purchase of The Penthouse Club – Tampa and immediately assumed operational control of the venue, under the direction of General Manager Jonas Hair.

The Penthouse Club – Tampa will be the fourth Penthouse Club and sixth gentlemen’s club in the privately owned, boutique, hospitality-investment firm’s portfolio. The new addition will serve to further expand the company’s nightclub-industry reach outside of Louisiana, where its corporate headquarters and the bulk of its adult entertainment venues are located.

John Kirkendoll, founder and CEO of KM, and his corporate team are no strangers when it comes to running ultra-premium venues and crafting luxury experiences for their guests. The company’s nightclub division boasts top clubs in major markets throughout the United States and The Penthouse Club – Tampa will be no exception.

We’re very excited about this purchase; we feel like much of what we do at our flagship club in the French Quarter will translate well to Tampa.

CHUCK ROLLING

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

“We’re very excited about this purchase; we see a lot of similarities between the New Orleans market and the Tampa market and feel like much of what we do at our flagship club in the French Quarter will translate well to Tampa,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Chuck Rolling. Rolling’s team will initially focus on introducing new management and operations systems, in addition to an updated marketing plan. “We’re bringing in one of our top managers from The Penthouse Club in New Orleans as the new GM – someone who has worked and trained with us for 19 years. He’s more than qualified.” The company plans an extensive remodel of the property beginning in late 2018.

About The Penthouse Club

Stemming from the iconic publication founded by Bob Guccione in England in 1965 and brought to the United States in 1969, The Penthouse Club is “Where the Magazine Comes to Life!” A wholly owned affiliate of Kirkendoll Management LLC, The Penthouse Club’s goal is to create world-class establishments by providing club owners and operators with innovative new tools and services to enhance their customers’ experience. As licensor, The Penthouse Club adds value beyond the brand name by offering access to their best-in-practice operations processes, proprietary technology and outstanding marketing services. The Penthouse Club has locations domestically in California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and internationally in Australia, New Zealand and Russia. For more information on The Penthouse Club, please visit www.penthouseclub.com.

About Kirkendoll Management LLC 
Founded in 1987, Kirkendoll Management LLC is a privately owned, boutique, hospitality-investment firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs domestically in Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania and internationally in Aruba and Costa Rica. Kirkendoll Management, through its wholly owned subsidiary Penthouse Clubs Global Licensing LLC, is the exclusive licensor of The Penthouse Club and branded products worldwide. For more information on Kirkendoll Management LLC, please visit www.kirkmgmt.com.

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Kirkendoll Management
504.267.5498
jholtzman@kirkmgmt.com

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar And Restaurant Aruba – One Of The Best Restaurants On Aruba For Families

Overlooking the marina on the edge of Aruba’s capital Oranjestad, the latest destination to open its doors, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has to be one of best restaurants on Aruba for families.

With a lovely chilled vibe and some of the best views in Oranjestad, Lucy’s is a large breezy space filled with hammocks, friendly staff and lovely fresh dishes. Lucy’s is one of those places where you won’t want to leave while you’re there and you’ll be longing to go back once you’ve left. There’s a really special feeling here and we all loved the food and drinks here along with the great atmosphere.

Kicking off the fun were some very special drinks which my kids simply couldn’t believe. The Lil’ Shark attack and Killer Blue Whale mocktails for the little ones came complete with toy sharks and whales respectively, mini mermaids on the side of the glass and a squirt of red food colouring in the drink to add to the effect!

There were cocktail versions of these too which Mr G enjoyed while I thought the Tropicolada with tropical rum, creme de coco and pineapple juice was just outstanding.

We shared a superb dish of Serious Nachos which was the perfect starter for all of us to enjoy. There was so much for everyone with black beans, cheese, guacamole and the dish was simply packed with lots of different flavours.

The coconut shrimp from the boogie board starters was a big hit too, large and tasty shrimp, piping hot in a panko crumb coating and served with a pineapple mango chutney.

Being a Caribbean island there is an abundance of local fish dishes and the blackened fish tacos with freshly caught snapper, with black bean salsa and slaw were just right for my eldest. He absolutely loved this and it was the highlight of his meal at what he agreed was one of the best restaurants on Aruba for families.

I opted for a really lovely Mi Casa Su Casa salad with the blue cheese dressing and it was fresh and tasty. I really enjoyed it as we chatted and looked out over the marina, the water here is as clear as everywhere else on the island and we loved peering down and spotting shoals of fish darting around.

Mr G’s dish of Shrimp kebab with roast veggies and island rice packed a tasty punch and was a really generous serving. It got his hearty recommendation.

My kids also happily tucked into fish nuggets and fries which were just right for them and they were all quickly gobbled up.

Lucy’s has such a cool vibe and delightful location that with its food offerings which also include burgers and sandwiches and chicken, can’t fail to be a much loved dining experience. We really thought it was one of the best restaurants on Aruba for families and can’t wait to go back.

You can find out more about Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant in Aruba at their website,

Aruba, One Happy Island

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After the island we did some site seeing. We stopped at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant in Oranjestad. It was a really cool and fun spot and we loved the beachy atmosphere! Nate ordered a drink that came with a little story and a cool shark surprise. I don’t want to ruin it but if you have kids definitely stop in and order the Little Shark Attack! Even though we just stopped in for a pina colada, I couldn’t help but to order some fish tacos. The great thing about Aruba is that there is a ton to do and a lot of shops to walk around. I love checking out the watch/jewelry stores as well as the little local spots. I grabbed my Aruba dad hat and Nate grabbed his Aruba shirt, which is our new tradition whenever we visit a new destination.

Sipping & Staying Cool: The Best Frozen Cocktails in New Orleans

Summer in New Orleans boasts some of the hottest, stickiest days in the Southern Hemisphere. However, it’s safe to say the Big Easy battles summer heat admirably: The rooftop-pool industry is jumping off-the-charts! And as pool memberships increase in popularity, so do frozen drink sales throughout the city. Who wouldn’t want to try icy artisanal slush at some of New Orleans’s most hip restaurants and bars?

Similar to the summery tastes of the French 75 is the Frozen Tito’s Lemonade at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Grill (701 Tchoupitoulas St.)Not too sugary and not too sour, this drink is a lovely accent to a summer evening.

Kirkendoll Management Announces Paul Stouse As Chief Financial Officer

New Orleans-based hospitality-investment firm Kirkendoll Management announces the addition of Paul Stouse as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 

“We’re excited for Paul to join our corporate team and continue to drive our company’s growth and profitability,” said Founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management John Kirkendoll. “Paul’s hiring is the culmination of an 18-month search for the perfect person to manage the financial side of our business, which has tripled in size over the past two years.” 

Paul Stouse joins Kirkendoll Management with more than 15 years as a corporate finance professional. Prior to his current role, Paul served as CFO for Lucid, LLC and Capital Investment Management. Previously, Paul served in several finance and business development roles for Fortune 500 mining leader, Freeport-McMoRan. 

Stouse’s knowledge and business acumen will allow him to support Kirkendoll Management’s growth initiatives as the company expands their Club Licensing and Restaurant Division with additional acquisitions. 

Stouse has a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia. Stouse is also a CFA charter holder.

Kirkendoll Management Announces Paul Stouse As Chief Financial Officer

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – June 27, 2018 – New Orleans-based hospitality-investment firm Kirkendoll Management announces the addition of Paul Stouse as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

“We’re excited for Paul to join our corporate team and continue to drive our company’s growth and profitability,” said John Kirkendoll, Founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management. “Paul’s hiring is the culmination of an 18-month search for the perfect person to manage the financial side of our business, which has tripled in size over the past two years.”

Paul Stouse joins Kirkendoll Management with more than 15 years as a corporate finance professional. Prior to his current role, Paul served as CFO for Lucid, LLC and Capital Investment Management. Previously, Paul served in several finance and business development roles for Fortune 500 mining leader, Freeport-McMoRan.

Stouse’s knowledge and business acumen will allow him to support Kirkendoll Management’s growth initiatives as the company expands their Club Licensing and Restaurant Divisions with additional acquisitions.

Stouse has a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia. Stouse is also a CFA charter holder.

About Kirkendoll Management, LLC

Founded in 1987, Kirkendoll Management, LLC is a privately owned, boutique, hospitality-investment firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs in Florida, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, USA, as well as Costa Rica and Aruba. Kirkendoll Management also owns The Penthouse Club trademarks. In addition to its wholly owned and operated businesses, the firm has licensee operations in California, Florida and Michigan, USA, and Australia, New Zealand and Russia. For more information on Kirkendoll Management, LLC, please visit http://KirkMGMT.com.

 

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NOLA Flavor with Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

“Love the laid-back vibe of the beach?  Pull up a stool at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant for the coldest drinks and the hottest menu around.  Whether you’re just visiting for drinks or swinging in for a casual dinner, here’s what to expect from our fun, family-and dog-friendly restaurants… Lucy’s is so much more than just a bar.  Our new menu focuses on the coastal favorites we’re known for, while adding some new favorites like mussels, seared tuna, and avocado fries.  Whether seafood, sandwiches, salads, or sides, all of our menu items are made with the freshest local ingredients.  Our weekend brunch is a can’t-miss, featuring everything from pulled pork hash to cured ceviche and house-made granola—along with our surf-inspired drinks, of course!” – lucysretiredsurfers.com

One month in Costa Rica

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The point of the most fun surfers is Brasilito Beach, with its white sands that go to Conchal Beach. There, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant is very successful with its colorful and exotic cocktails. There are caipivodca of kiwi, sangria and the famous drink of tequila with scorpion. Yes!!! There is a real scorpion (dead, of course), inside the glass to spice up the drink! And the food is delicious. We tasted breaded and fried avocado, snapper (whole fried fish served with rice and salad) and chicken burger and brie cheese. Also impressive over there is the friendliness of the staff, manager and chef.

Florida Keys: Q&A with Jamie Munoz at Lucy’s Key West

I had the chance to visit Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant in Key West Florida, and let me tell you, the food is amazing. But it’s not just the food – the drinks are so creative, and the presentation is off the hook!

Here is my Q&A with Jamie Munoz, Director of Operations for Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar & Restaurant.

Q&A with Jamie Munoz at Lucy’s Key West

Tell me a bit about Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Key West?

Lucy’s Key West opened on the corner of Grinnell and James Street on September 19, 2016. Offering live music, a spacious bar, tons of special events, and an extensive coastal-inspired menu, Lucy’s aims to offer a place for visitors and locals to hangout.

What has been Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s recipe for success?

Making tourists feel like locals, and locals feel like family!

What are some of the top selling food items on the menu?

Our top selling items in Key West are the Avocado Fritas, our Tiki Tacos, the Juicy Lucy, the Catch of the Day, or the Ohana Whole Fish Tacos.

What are some of the staff’s favourite Lucy’s drinks?

From specialty cocktails to world-famous shots, Lucy’s bar staff always recommends a Shark Attack (vodka, gin, tequila, an 11” shark and the blood of its victims), or an Infamous Scorpion Shot (vodka-soaked scorpion and a gold tequila shot).

If you were to recommend one appetizer, one main, and one drink, what would they be?

When dining at Lucy’s Key West we recommend starting your night with the Shaka Ceviche, fresh local fish cured in a citrus marinade served with avocado and plantain chips, or the Avocado Fritas, delicious beer battered fried avocados. Key West locals show a preference for the Cabo Shrimp & Grits or Blackened Fish Tacos. For drinks we recommend everyone try Lucy’s famous Scorpion shot (gold tequila with a vodka-soaked scorpion) and receive a complimentary T-shirt.

What is one menu item that diners at Lucy’s rave over?

Lucy’s diners from all over the world can expect good eats, great drinks, and even better company!

As a dog owner, I love that Lucy’s Retired Surfer is pet friendly. What made you allow pets into your restaurants?

We originally built Lucy’s as a family friendly restaurant, and what’s more family than bringing your furry pups to dine with you! Hungry pups can choose from our Sur-Fur Doggie Menu including dog-friendly options of puppy hot dogs, popsicles. and Juicy Lucy burgers.

With locations in New Orleans, Key West, Costa Rica, and soon Aruba, are there plans for future locations in Southern California, Upper Florida Keys, other Caribbean islands, or Mexico?

Lucy’s expansion plans aim to make the concept an internationally-recognized brand and looks to expand into markets where the concepts will resonate with customers. At the moment, our Restaurant Division has opportunities available in other locations but nothing is finalized.

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“I am extremely excited for that kind of party,” said Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar Manager Chris Clinkenbeard.

Clinkenbeard says, last time around, his bar and the surrounding area had never been more alive.

“I can go back and look at sales from those particular days and they’re unrivaled. So, to have another one pull into town for that week would be phenomenal, especially with all the new restaurants and bars and everything that’s popped up within the last seven or eight years,” said Clinkenbeard.

Lucy’s Aruba Steps Up for the Pups

United Dogs Aruba Foundation is once again here on the island to carry out a mass spay and neuter operation that aims to sterilize 400 stray dogs and cats over a 6-day period. Directed by Dutchwoman Mercedes de Bruyn, the group consists primarily of volunteers from Holland, the States, and Aruba, many of whom are devoting their vacation time to helping to solve Aruba’s dog and cat overpopulation problem. The group’s temporary clinic is headquartered in Noord, but strays will be trapped and brought in from all across the island, specifically from stray “hotspots” already determined by Aruba’s local TNR group, Crijojo Trappers.

As animal lovers ourselves, the When in Aruba team was contacted by Mercedes to help coordinate a welcome dinner for the United Dogs volunteers. We immediately thought of Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant to sponsor the dinner, well aware that Lucy’s is a dog-friendly restaurant. Cody Morgan, Lucy’s corporate general manager, was more than happy to oblige. “Lucy’s is all about being a part of the community as an active member and doing our part to make it a better place. We’re grateful for the opportunity to support this group that will be working extremely hard this next week to improve the welfare of Aruba’s strays,” shared Cody.

Florida Keys: Enjoy Dinner at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant – Key West!

With a coastal fusion menu inspired by surfing spots all over the world, and decor to match, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant is one of Key West’s newest hot spots. You can either dine in the main bar area, or outside on their covered and lit patio. The music is playing, the drinks are flowing, and the fun times are awaiting you. Cowabunga dude… get in there!

Lucy’s is pet friendly. Yep, you read that right. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant is pet friendly… and not just service animals. You can bring your pooch with you into the restaurant or bar. They even have a special Sur-Fur menu for your furkids!

Managers Scott Taylor and Jessica Ormiston wanted to give us a taste of what Tuesdays were like at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant. It was taco Tuesdays after all! We got to try so many of Lucy’s popular dishes. It was truly an amazing meal.

$5 Margaritas, $3 beers, $1 tacos: New Orleans Cinco de Mayo deals

LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT
701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504.523.8995

The restaurant is combining Cinco de May and Derby day, with a Cinco Mania Derby Day Block Party, from 10 a.m. until. The Kentucky Derby watch party starts at 10 .m., with drink specials, including $3.50 Dos Equis and $5 Patron Margaritas as well as $1 beef tacos. Stay for the Mexican wrestling at 5:45 p.m., followed by a DJ.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant opens in Aruba

Locally owned Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant has opened its newest location in Aruba.

The restaurant and bar, owned by New Orleans-based investment firm Kirkendoll Management, opened in Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, on Monday.

“This location in Aruba presents us with another great opportunity to bring Lucy’s to a major tourism and surfing destination,” Jamie Munoz, director of operations for Kirkendoll Management’s restaurant division, said in a news release Friday.

It’s the brand’s second international location. Another Lucy’s opened recently in Costa Rica.

The Aruba location has 13,000 square feet of space, a dining room with 50 tables, retail shop and backside marina and dock.

Other Lucy’s are located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans as well as in Key West, Florida.

Cinco Fiestas for Cinco de Mayo

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, which serves southern California-style Mexican food, is hosting its own Cinco de Mayo block party– Cinco Mania Derby Day. Watch the derby beginning at noon and stay into the evening for some Lucha Libre wrestling in a street-side ring. The party is free admission, and there will be plenty of food and drink specials, including $1 beef tacos and $3.50 Dos Equis beers.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Debuts in Oranjestad, Aruba

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  Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Debuts in Oranjestad, Aruba

NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 13, 2018)Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, the popular surfer-themed hangout, announced the debut of the brand’s newest restaurant in Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad.

Located across from the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino in downtown Oranjestad, the restaurant & bar opened to the public on Monday, April 9, 2018.

“This location in Aruba presents us with another great opportunity to bring Lucy’s to a major tourism and surfing destination,” said Jamie Munoz, Director of Operations for Kirkendoll Management’s Restaurant Division. “We’re confident our Aruba restaurant will be a must-dine destination for locals and tourists on the island.”

Owned and operated by New Orleans-based investment firm Kirkendoll Management, Lucy’s Aruba is the brand’s second international location. Encompassing 13,000-square feet, the restaurant features a 50-table dining room, expansive retail shop, full-service bar, and backside marina and dock.

Restaurant & Bar

From modern dishes with coastal influence to timeless favorites, Lucy’s menu offers selections focused on local ingredients. With an emphasis on freshness and seasonality, the kitchen uses fish and seafood caught from the restaurant’s neighboring marina in a variety of dishes. The expansive open-air restaurant features 12 large-screen televisions, seating for 200+ guests, and an artificial beach for lounging, relaxing, and playing games. Lucy’s restaurant and bar will offer live entertainment, a pet-friendly atmosphere, and serve as a destination for guests to gather before taking the boat to Flamingo Island.

Lucy’s bar takes pride in serving signature surf-inspired cocktails and specialty shots. Try out one of Lucy’s celebrated scorpion shots or the famous Shark Attack to see why Jimmy Buffett named Lucy’s as one of his favorite bars. The Aruba venue offers bar seating for family and friends gatherings in all sizes and happy hour every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gift Shop

The spacious 400-square-foot gift shop is a destination for beach and Lucy’s inspired apparel and merchandise. Find merchandise unique to Aruba, as well as vacation and travel essentials for your stay. Lucy’s gift shop includes art creations by local artists, Sun Bum sunscreen, Tangerine bags, Arubiano flip-flops, and Lucy’s merchandise and souvenirs.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant is located at L.G. Smith Blvd 82 Oranjestad, Aruba. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – till, seven days a week. For more information on Lucy’s, please visit https://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/aruba/ or call +297 583 0030. Follow us at @LucysAruba on Facebook and Instagram.

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About Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Founded in 1985, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant offers coastal-inspired cuisine and surfer-inspired cocktails. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, the Lucy’s brand has remained true to its tradition of providing guests an authentic and laid back place to eat, drink and mingle. Lucy’s menu features delicious options of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, entrees & vibrant cocktails. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant now has locations in Louisiana and Florida, USA, and as well as Costa Rica and Aruba. Lucy’s is owned and operated by New Orleans-based investment company Kirkendoll Management. To learn more about Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, please visit https://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/.

About Kirkendoll Management, LLC

Founded in 1987, Kirkendoll Management, LLC is a privately owned, boutique, hospitality-investment firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs in Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas, USA, as well as Costa Rica and Aruba. Kirkendoll Management also owns the rights to The Penthouse Club master license. In addition to its wholly owned and operated businesses, the firm has licensee operations in California, Florida and Michigan, USA, and Australia, New Zealand and Russia. For more information on Kirkendoll Management, LLC, please visit http://KirkMGMT.com.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Now Open!

On April 8, my husband and I were invited to the soft opening of Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant. Located in the heart of downtown, Lucy’s took over the prime waterfront spot where Carpe Diem used to be, overlooking the Renaissance Marina. The open-air space is perfectly suited for the laid-back vibe that Lucy’s is going for. Surfboards, brightly colored tables and chairs, an oversized hammock, and a makeshift beach area complete the fun and casual feel of the joint.

Wrestlemania 34 fans take Nola by storm

When they first started pulling into town, Thursday, it immediately started,” said Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar Manager Chris Clinkenbeard.

Clinkenbeard says he expected an influx of people but didn’t anticipate so many in the CBD.

He says that’s likely because the area has a lot more to offer visitors than the last time Wrestlemania was in town four years ago, with a number of new hotels and restaurants.

Clinkenbeard says Lucy’s alone was 40-percent busier since the event started this year.

“At around 12 or 1 o’clock, they all start coming in, real hot. They want to come in, they want to drink, they want to party, they want to listen to loud music. They want to meet other fans walking around in other shirts and talk smack,” Clickenbeard explained.

Though the event is over now, Clinkenbeard says Wrestlemania fans left their mark on New Orleans.

“It’s good for everybody. A high tide raises all ships. Having something like Wrestlemania down here, 75,000 strong inside the dome, not to mention maybe the 15 to 20 just here to party in the city. It’s been awesome for us,” said Clinkenbeard.

What’s new in the Florida Keys?

KEY WEST

For a funky dining environment, Key West has welcomed a new Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, a nice addition to a very full menu of dining spots. Meanwhile, Mangoes Key West Restaurant is under new management.

I Love Lucy’s

For our March show, we were honored to have Chef Jack Martinez of Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant in the Warehouse District. Chef Jack wowed us with one of their Eat Fit NOLA favorites–Skinny Ceviche. The delicious blend of fresh local fish in a citrus marinade mixed with shrimp, avocado, red onions, cilantro, poblano, and red bell peppers, served with a side of red and green bell pepper chips, was pleasing to both the eye and palate.

Chef Jack also made a beautiful and tasty Aztec Shrimp Salad and an outstanding Guacamole that you must oder the next time you’re hanging out at Lucy’s. Chef Jack also shared the exciting news that Lucy’s is continuing its international expansion and will soon be opening in Aruba! (OK, now you can start packing your bags!) If you’re not ready to hop on a flight just yet, you can always visit Lucy’s in the Warehouse District of New Orleans and check out these and all the delicious items on their extensive menu. For the foodies out there, try your hand at this Skinny Ceviche. You’ll love it!

Top Seven Local Bars to Watch the Super Bowl In New Orleans

Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar 

If you’re in New Orleans for the 2018 Super Bowl, you’re in an optimal location to watch the big game from the comfort of a neighborhood bar with hot food and cold drinks. This is your chance to check out the local NOLA sports bar scene, which is burgeoning. Chow down on a po-boy and throw back a few beers, while cheering wildly for your favorite team to win Super Bowl LII. Here are GoNOLA’s picks for the best places to do just that.

Lucy’s offers succulent “surfer’s cuisine” and drinks with fun names like “The Shark Attack.”  Located in the Central Business District, it’s a great place to catch the game while staying relatively close to the action. 701 Tchoupitoulas St.

Bites in Brief: El Patio debuts downtown, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar expands overseas

 

Lucy’s rides a wave overseas

The surf is up for Lucy‘s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-523-8995), and this particular swell will land the New Orleans-based beach bar in the Caribbean and Central America.

The parent company of the well-known watering hole and restaurant in the Warehouse District is expanding in Costa Rica and Aruba.

The Costa Rica location opened Dec. 15 in Playa Brasilito, a beach town on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast. The Aruba restaurant is expected to open in February in that island’s capital of Oranjestad.

It’s the latest in a series of big changes for a homegrown New Orleans name that has a new owner with big ambitions for the Lucy’s brand.

The restaurant has since 2016 been operated by Kirkendoll Management, a local company that got its start in strip clubs and has more recently developed a restaurant division. In a news release, company founder John Kirkendoll explained the Lucy’s expansion overseas as part of a strategy “to diversify from the oversaturated, ultra-competitive U.S. market to international locations where Lucy’s brand will resonate with customers.”

At least one more location in the Caribbean is slated to open in 2018, and a representative of Kirkendoll Management said the company’s aim is to make Lucy’s “an internationally recognized brand.”

That brand’s origins were more modest. Lucy’s was one of the touchstones of the Warehouse District when the once-gritty neighborhood was changing into a hub of apartments and condos, restaurants and bars. Lucy’s history goes back to New York, where the original version opened in 1985. When its founders moved to New Orleans, they brought Lucy’s with them and opened in 1992 at 701 Tchoupitoulas St.

Known for its beach shack theme and tropical drinks as colorful as a coral reef, this local Lucy’s has long drawn a clientele of downtown denizens, visiting conventioneers, post-shift waiters from other restaurants and, on game days, throngs of Saints fans.

The restaurant has tried earlier expansions, though locations in Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge subsequently closed.

The New Orleans location seemed in peril recently as disputes between the founders and their business partners led to a brief name change. By March 2016, however, Kirkendoll bought into the business and by the summer completed a major overhaul of the property.

Last year, Kirkendoll opened a new Lucy’s in Key West.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar heads for Costa Rica

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, the New Orleans Warehouse District spot with a beach hut vibe, is going international. The brand will open two new locations, one in Costa Rica and another in Aruba, by early 2018.

Kirkendoll Management, the New Orleans-based investment group that owns and operates the restaurant, said the move is an attempt to grow the business outside an “over saturated, ultra-competitive U.S. market.”

LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES GLOBAL GROWTH PLANS

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Kirkendoll Management

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LUCY’S RETIRED SURFERS BAR & RESTAURANT ANNOUNCES GLOBAL GROWTH PLANS

New Agreement Calls for Lucy’s Debut in Costa Rica and Aruba

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA (December 12, 2017) – Costa Rica and Aruba residents and visitors will soon have a new sports bar and dining option. Kirkendoll Management, the New Orleans-based boutique hospitality investment firm, today announced plans to open two new Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurants (Lucy’s) in Costa Rica and Aruba. The two international locations will join Kirkendoll Management’s roster of restaurants, including Lucy’s restaurants in New Orleans and Key West.

Lucy’s opening in Costa Rica marks the brand’s first international location. The Costa Rican location will open December 15, 2017. The Aruban restaurant is anticipated to open in February 2018.

“We see international markets as an important growth engine for Kirkendoll Management’s Restaurant Division,” said John Kirkendoll, Founder & CEO of Kirkendoll Management. “Kirkendoll Management is particularly excited to diversify from the oversaturated, ultra-competitive U.S. market to international locations where Lucy’s brand will resonate with customers. We are thrilled Lucy’s will be the first US-based brand to open in the Guanacaste Province, and believe the concept will provide a meaningful addition to the Costa Rica community.”

The over thirty-year-old Lucy’s brand got its start in New York City when a California native opened the original Lucy’s on the Upper West Side in 1985. In 1992, Lucy’s moved to the New Orleans Warehouse District, where it’s been a mainstay of New Orleans’ nightlife. In 2016, Lucy’s moved even further south to Key West near the popular Duval Street.

“We gave careful thought when selecting locations for our international expansion,” said Jamie Munoz, Kirkendoll Management’s Restaurant Division Director of Operations. “We believe the Lucy’s concept and menu offerings will resonate with the locals and visitors of both areas.”

Lucy’s international expansion is bringing the brand’s coastal-inspired cuisine, drinks and surfer-inspired theme to Costa Rica’s Playa Brasilito beach in the Guanacaste Province and Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba.

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About Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Founded in 1985, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant offers coastal-inspired cuisine and surfer-inspired cocktails. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, the Lucy’s brand has remained true to its tradition of providing guests an authentic and laidback place to eat, drink and mingle. Lucy’s menu features delicious options of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, entrees & vibrant cocktails. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant currently has locations in Louisiana, Florida and Costa Rica and is owned and operated by New Orleans-based investment company Kirkendoll Management.

  

To learn more about Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, please visit https://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/.

About Kirkendoll Management, LLC

Founded in 1987, Kirkendoll Management is a privately-owned boutique hospitality investment firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kirkendoll Management owns and operates restaurants and nightclubs in Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Costa Rica.  In addition to its company-owned businesses, Kirkendoll Management has licensee operations in California, Florida, Michigan, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia.

For more information on Kirkendoll Management, visit the Company’s Website  http://kirkmgmt.com/.

TIM SPRATT PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF KIRKENDOLL MANAGEMENT

 

TIM SPRATT PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF KIRKENDOLL MANAGEMENT

Company Promotes Vice President as Company Expands Operations

(NEW ORLEANS) – September 18, 2017 – Kirkendoll Management announced the promotion of Tim Spratt to Senior Vice President. The announcement was made by John Kirkendoll, Founder, and CEO of Kirkendoll Management.

 

“Tim’s combination of dedication, hard work, initiative, and deal-making prowess earned him this much-deserved promotion,” said Kirkendoll.

 

Spratt, 32, joined the Kirkendoll team in 2011 and quickly advanced to the role of Vice President. As Senior Vice President, Spratt will focus on identifying new business opportunities and evaluating their potential and risks. Spratt will also continue to develop and communicate corporate strategies to internal and external stakeholders while ensuring Kirkendoll Management’s operations and investments perform at the highest level.

 

Mr. Spratt received a Finance degree from Louisiana State University, his Juris Doctorate from Loyola College of Law New Orleans, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Tulane University. He serves as President of the French Quarter Business Association.

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KEY WEST: SEPTEMBER SPECIALS ABOUND

Locals need to be appreciated and how better to show the love than discounted food and drinks at the most popular restaurants in town? Every September, like summer cicadas, residents emerge from their air conditioning, clutching a Monroe County ID, and ask , what’s the best deal in town? This year, there are lots to choose from, from a $5 specialty cocktail to half off your favorite gourmet dishes. Have a look and maybe even try a new place just for kicks depending on the special.

Kirkendoll Management purchases Penthouse Club License

New Orleans-based hospitality management company, Kirkendoll Management, announced the purchase of the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Club locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. The news became official on March 30.

The transaction capped nearly seven months of negotiations between the two parties, who started talks in August 2016. “We have been a Penthouse licensee since 2005 and experienced firsthand the power of the brand,” says Leigh Wright, director of brand strategy for Kirkendoll Management.

“In our first four years as The Penthouse Club New Orleans, we went from the number three club in the market to the number one (club). The new licensing agreement has been made as the overall Penthouse brand prepares for a rapid expansion in many verticals including media production, alcohol, and clothing. Kirkendoll Management is excited for the opportunity to immediately enter a broader reach both nationally and internationally.”

After becoming the new Licensor, Kirkendoll formed Penthouse Clubs Worldwide, which will offer current and future licensees technology, marketing, and operational support. Previously, Kirkendoll Management’s operations were limited to the southern United States, but that is no longer the case with The Penthouse Clubs’ international presence.

“As we gain experience and insight into different markets, we will take a much more global approach to the way we conduct business, analyze opportunities, and grow our Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions,” Wright says. “Now with four international Penthouse Club licensees and growing, Kirkendoll will become well-versed in managing and operating hospitality venues across the world.”

In the press release at the time of the acquisition, founder and CEO John Kirkendoll said, “Kirkendoll’s core value system revolves around a quality customer experience that is committed to excellence, and now we can translate this across the world. The Penthouse Club is about to enter an unprecedented period of growth, and we will be the driving force behind it.”

Part of that growth will be reflected in how Kirkendoll approaches its Penthouse Club licensed clubs moving forward. Wright points out how the traditional gentlemen’s club landscape is changing and shifting away from the conventional table dance model designed for single guys to a “much broader customer base and is more like a modern nightclub with great music and dancing. We see this as the club of the future, and plan to position the Penthouse Club brand as the premiere gentlemen’s club brand worldwide.” Currently, Penthouse Club licenses venues in the United State, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. While that number will certainly increase under Kirkendoll Management’s stewardship, Wright says the company will be “very selective in terms of whom we choose to be Licensees and where the clubs will be located. Only outstanding operators and select markets will be right for this premiere brand, and we will ensure that every club we sign on will add further value to the Penthouse name.”

Kirkendoll Management will offer technology, marketing and management support to all licensees of The Penthouse Club brand

New Orleans-based hospitality management company, Kirkendoll Management, announced the purchase of the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Club locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. The news became official on March 30.

The transaction capped nearly seven months of negotiations between the two parties, who started talks in August 2016. “We have been a Penthouse licensee since 2005 and experienced firsthand the power of the brand,” says Leigh Wright, director of brand strategy for Kirkendoll Management. “In our first four years as The Penthouse Club New Orleans, we went from the number three club in the market to the number one (club). The new licensing agreement has been made as the overall Penthouse brand prepares for a rapid expansion in many verticals including media production, alcohol, and clothing. Kirkendoll Management is excited for the opportunity to immediately enter a broader reach both nationally and internationally.”

After becoming the new Licensor, Kirkendoll formed Penthouse Clubs Worldwide, which will offer current and future licensees technology, marketing, and operational support. Previously, Kirkendoll Management’s operations were limited to the southern United States, but that is no longer the case with The Penthouse Clubs’ international presence.

“As we gain experience ano insight into different markets, we will take a much more global approach to the way we conduct business, analyze opportunities, and grow our Restaurant and Nightclub Divisions,” Wright says. “Now with four international Penthouse Club licensees and growing, Kirkendoll will become well-versed in managing and operating hospitality venues across the world.”

Part of that growth will be reflected in how Kirkendoll approaches its Penthouse Club licensed clubs moving forward Wright points out how the traditional gentlemen’s club landscape is changing and shifting away from the conventional table dance model designed for single guys to a “much broader customer base and is more like a modern nightclub with great music and dancing. We see this as the club of the future, and plan to position the Penthouse Club brand as the premiere gentlemen’s club brand worldwide.”

Currently, Penthouse Club licenses venues in the United States, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. While that number will certainly increase under Kirkendoll Management’s stewardship, Wright says the company will be “very selective in terms of whom we choose to be Licensees and where the clubs will be located. Only outstanding operators and select markets will be right for this premiere brand, and we will ensure that every club we sign on will add further value to the Penthouse name.”

For more information, call (504) 267-5498, visit penthouseclubworldwide.com, or see them at their EXPO Tradeshow booth.

Kirkendoll purchases Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Kirkendoll Management, a New Orleans firm that recently expanded its management of strip clubs, has added a Warehouse District venue to its restaurant portfolio.

The firm has purchased Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant at 701 Tchoupitoulas St. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kirkendoll acquired the lease for Lucy’s last year and spent $600,000 renovating the roughly 7,000 square feet of space that included a bar on both sides of the establishment on the first floor, new restrooms, a new HVAC system, redone upstairs offices and liquor storage, original finishes for all the flooring and a new paint job. A balcony overlooking the street was added recently as well.

The firm has expanded its restaurant division recently by opening a Lucy’s outpost in Key West, Florida. It has plans for additional restaurants across the country, according to a news release.

Penthouse Expands Worldwide Licensing

Iconic Penthouse (Penthouse Global Media, Inc.) and its subsidiary, Penthouse Global Licensing, Inc. this week announced a series of worldwide licensing ventures aimed at solidifying its position beyond the Adult Entertainment Industry into mainstream international business. Their ventures include entertainment venues, restaurants, television and motion picture production, and sophisticated product lines that include apparel, perfumes, wines and spirits.

“It’s been an unbelievable first year for us,” said Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland. “We first focused on rebuilding our infrastructure, which ultimately resulted in a dramatic turnaround across all of our business units. Now that the company is properly supported and profitable, we can turn our attention toward worldwide licensing.”

To that point, Penthouse and Kirkendoll Management of New Orleans, LA announced their agreement to expand the currently successful gentleman’s club brand.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with John Kirkendoll and his team. His leadership and business acumen will grow the Penthouse brand in the hospitality and entertainment space domestically and internationally,” said Holland.

Founder and CEO of Kirkendoll Management, John Kirkendoll said, “Our core values have always revolved around a quality customer experience, and we can now replicate this around the world. The Penthouse Club™ is about to experience a period of growth that is better aligned with the growth the brand has been experiencing in its other product categories.”

Penthouse Turning to Worldwide Licensing to Expand Into Mainstream Businesses

Among the deals, is an agreement with Kirkendoll Management of New Orleans to expand Penthouse’s gentleman’s club brand.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with John Kirkendoll and his team,” said Holland. “His leadership and business acumen will grow the Penthouse brand in the hospitality and entertainment space domestically and internationally.”

“Our core values have always revolved around a quality customer experience, and we can now replicate this around the world,” said Kirkendoll Management founder and CEO John Kirkendoll. “The Penthouse Club is about to experience a period of growth that is better aligned with the growth the brand has been experiencing in its other product categories.”

​Kirkendoll acquires licenses of all Penthouse Club venues

New Orleans-based Kirkendoll Management, the owner of the local Penthouse Club, will manage the same strip clubs worldwide.

The company announced in late March that it has acquired the licenses of all 12 Penthouse Clubs.

Kirkendoll will now be the focal point of operations, technology, management and marketing for the clubs and will manage and market all future venues. The company will also create a separate global licensing unit that will handle future expansion efforts, a news release said.

The new licensing agreement has been made as Kirkendoll prepares to expand worldwide with the Penthouse Club brand and holdings in its restaurant division.

In addition to its New Orleans location at 727 Iberville St. in the French Quarter and other venues in France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, Penthouse Club has locations in the following United States cities:

  • Baton Rouge
  • San Francisco
  • Detroit
  • Denver
  • Philadelphia
  • Tampa
  • St. Louis

Kirkendoll Management Purchases Worldwide Licensing Rights to The Penthouse Club

NEW ORLEANS, March 30, 2017 — On Thursday, March 30, 2017, New Orleans-based Kirkendoll Management announced the purchase of the licenses of all twelve The Penthouse Club™ locations across the globe for an undisclosed sum. Kirkendoll will now become the centralized point of operations, technology & marketing for all licenses of The Penthouse Club™ and will manage & market all future venues. Kirkendoll will also create a separate Global Licensing Business Unit that will handle these future endeavors.

Founder & CEO John Kirkendoll says, “Kirkendoll’s core value system revolves around a quality customer experience that is committed to excellence, and now we can translate this across the world. The Penthouse Club™ is about to enter an unprecedented period of growth, and we will be the driving force behind it.”

The new licensing agreement has been made as Kirkendoll prepares for a rapid expansion both nationally & internationally with The Penthouse Club™ brand and their Restaurant Division.

The Penthouse Club™ licenses operations in the United States, France, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Downtown Living: April 2017

Looking for a festive way to unwind at 5 o’clock? Look no further than the Young Leadership Council’s Wednesday at the Square — a free springtime music series at Lafayette Square. Enjoy live local music, delicious cuisine and spirits from beloved vendors, and even a small arts and crafts village. Local food vendors this year include restaurants like Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, Crêpes à la Cart, Voodoo BBQ and Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant.

Catch the Wave of Fun and Good Food at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

You don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy the food and fun at Lucy’s, the new eatery at 320 Grinnell, at the corner of James Street. While Lucy’s pays tribute to some of the surfing greats like Tom Blake, Whitely Harrison, Herbie Fletcher, and Dewey Weber, the important thing here is the food. Food which is tasty, filling and different; made with fresh ingredients, freshly prepared.

In fact, everything about Lucy’s says new and fresh. The ambiance is modern and airy, the service is friendly, and while you’re sure to find your old favorite food orders here, the menu is creative, and homemade.

For instance, one of the favorite Lucy starters is Avocado Fritas, a beer-battered avocado topped with black bean salad and chipoltle ranch.

“A lot of people have never tried a deep-fried avocado before, but as soon as they taste it, they say, ‘wow. That’s really awesome,’ ” said Lucy’s General Manager Scott Taylor

Before a day on the water, a whole raft of breakfast specials will keep you going. The Whitey Harrison Huevos Rancheros, BBQ Pulled Pork Hash with potato, peppers, onion and jalapeno topped with two fried eggs will stick to the ribs. Or try the lip-smacking Tom Blake Benedict.

At noon, the Juicy Lucy. a burger that’s out of this world, features Lucy’s special sauce.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar adds gallery to continue transformation

A popular Warehouse District watering hole continues to upgrade its facilities after new management took over last year.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar at 701 Tchoupitoulas St. opened a new 420 square-foot gallery covering the river-facing side of the restaurant. The addition brings the business’ total space to 4,280 square feet.

“There is no better time to open a balcony downtown than Mardi Gras, and we look forward to being even more of a party destination,” said Jamie Munoz, director of operations of Kirkendoll Management’s restaurant division.

Locals Feel the Love at Lucy’s Surf Bar

One of the island’s newest restaurants has broken the Key West restaurant code: If the locals like you, the rest will find you.

And since Sept. 19, boat captains, bartenders and bookkeepers are liking what they find at the new Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant.

“We spend so much time in this town serving our visitors in so many ways,” said Scott Taylor, Lucy’s general manager and a Key West restaurant veteran. “We want the locals to come here, relax and be served by us. We’re a locally driven bar and restaurant where everyone can find great food, affordable drinks and a great time.”

Lucy’s bartender Ryan Parker touted the surf bar’s happy hour, with $3 beers and well drinks and half-price appetizers.

CATCH THE WAVE: HANG LOOSE AT LUCY’S

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has hit Key West like the big Kahuna. Open just a few weeks, they have made a big splash on the corner of Grinnell and James streets, garnering local support and rave reviews with their kick-off party. Nightly the restaurant has seen a full house while the word has spread about the easy-going eatery with a coastal menu.

This is the second location for Lucy’s, the original is in New Orleans. (It’s easy to marry Cajun flavors with the Key West party atmosphere.) Happy hour is already a success with $3 house wine, draft beer and well drinks and half-off appetizers. With the newly renovated bar, there is enough room for everyone to enjoy a drink or two like the Worm shot (tequila with vodka-soaked worm) or the Scorpion, (gold tequila with vodka-soaked scorpion). Those brave enough get a complimentary T-shirt while supplies last.

The lunch and dinner menu has a bevy of favorites. Burgers, sandwiches — including New Orleans’ style Po’ boys — tacos, and fresh salads are available but get your seafood on with some of their finer specialties. Start the night with the Shaka Ceviche, fresh local fish cured in a citrus marinade served with avocado and plantain chips, or the Avocado Fritas, delicious beer battered fried avocados. So far, locals are showing a preference for the loaded, beer-braised mussels and the classic shrimp ‘n’ grits topped with a little honey jalapeño just to kick it up a notch. Locals are usually picky about Key Lime dessert, but the Key Lime Mousse with crushed pistachios, is light and airy, without the tart aftertaste.

“We want people to feel like it’s been here for years,” said Lucy’s Marketing Director Leigh Wright. “This location fit because we really want to be a part of the community and create a good place for locals to come.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, make plans to attend the “Blue Party.” The ocean-inspired fiesta will have a costume contest, food and drink specials, and Patrick and the Swayzees playing live. For more about Lucy’s go to www.lucysretiredsurfers.com.

 Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

320 Grinnell St. | 305.922.2616.

Open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and at 10 a.m. on weekends, until late.

“LUCY’S LOVES KEY WEST TRADITION AND IS VERY DOG FRIENDLY!” — LEIGH WRIGHT, LUCY’S MARKETING DIRECTOR

Catch The Wave: Hang Loose at Lucy’s

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant has hit Key West like the big Kahuna. Open just a few weeks, they have made a big splash on the corner of Grinnell and James streets, garnering local support and rave reviews with their kick-off party. Nightly the restaurant has seen a full house while the word has spread about the easy-going eatery with a coastal menu.

This is the second location for Lucy’s, the original is in New Orleans. (It’s easy to marry Cajun flavors with the Key West party atmosphere.) Happy hour is already a success with $3 house wine, draft beer and well drinks and half-off appetizers. With the newly renovated bar, there is enough room for everyone to enjoy a drink or two like the Worm shot (tequila with vodka-soaked worm) or the Scorpion, (gold tequila with vodka-soaked scorpion). Those brave enough get a complimentary T-shirt while supplies last.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar Reopens With Revamped Bar, New Menu

Never the bashful type, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar has been under wraps for much of the summer. But now Lucy’s is ready for its close up.

The popular Warehouse District bar and restaurant has fully reopened after an extensive renovation. That work doubled the size of its bar, cleared the way to a second floor dining room and remodeled the kitchen and back-of-house areas.

Along the way, Lucy’s got a new menu. It mixes the old staples like fish tacos, queso dip and jerk chicken with an expanded range, to the tune of avocado fries, rib eye steaks and mussels with capers and sausage.

“The goal was to bring Lucy’s up a level, but not lose where we came from and what people love about this place,” said Jorge Henriquez, who runs the restaurant division for Kirkendoll Management, the company behind Lucy’s revamp.

Revamped Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar Throws Block Party Aug. 20

Following several months of renovations and a brief name change, Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-523-8995) is open again, with an expanded bar and dining space and an updated menu.

The Warehouse District watering hole popular with the after-work CBD crowd went through a name change earlier in the year — briefly becoming 701 Bar during a trademark dispute with one of the restaurant’s former partners. The restaurant’s owners quickly reclaimed the Lucy’s name after adding partners at Kirkendoll Management.

The restaurant’s revamp is a precursor to a Lucy’s launch in Key West, Florida, which will open in mid-September.

Kirkendoll Management’s Nightclub Division Wins “2016 Best Club of the Year: South” Award at Exotic Dancer Publication’s Gentlemen’s Club Owner Convention

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John Miller, General Manager, and Raife Whiting, Manager, of The Penthouse Club New Orleans accept the award for Best Club of the Year: South.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 9, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management has reaffirmed public opinion of their outstanding leadership in the gentlemen’s club industry. The Penthouse Club New Orleans, a licensee of the brand name yet owned and operated solely by Kirkendoll, won Best Club in the South.

John Miller, General Manager of The Penthouse Club New Orleans, accepted the award at the ED Award Show. Miller, an 18-year veteran employee of Kirkendoll Management said, “Our staff in this location is phenomenal as well as the office working behind the scenes. Through due diligence on everyone’s part we keep rolling from year to year only looking to compete against, and better, ourselves.”

CEO John Kirkendoll says, “This award means a lot to us, but we also work hard every day not just for awards, but to be the best in the business. Once again, our managers and staff have proven that.”

Kirkendoll Management is a small corporation located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

The Search Is On For The Best Bloody Mary’s In New Orleans

One of the most delicious Bloody Mary’s came from Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant. There was nothing basic about this drink. We reached out to them and asked them to tell us how they make their Bloody Mary’s and they were willing to share their recipe with us.

Here is what makes Lucy’s Bloody Mary’s one of the best in New Orleans:

The vodka is infused for two weeks with a combination of cilantro, garlic, celery, onions, and bell peppers, and a healthy shot is poured into a cajun seasoning rimmed pint glass and filled with Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix. Then they finish it with a skewer of all the necessities, jalapeno, cherry tomato, pickled onions and green beans, everyone’s favorite green olives, a lemon and lime, and a giant stalk of celery to make it stand out.

Kirkendoll Management Adds Dickie Brennan & Co.’s Veteran Jamie Munoz to Restaurant Division Roster

Kirkendoll’s Restaurant Division Continues to Experience Growth in Staff and Property Portfolio

NEW ORLEANS, LA (April 14, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management has added yet another food & beverage powerhouse to its recently established Restaurant Division in the form of Jamie Munoz in the role of Director of Operations – Restaurant Division.

Munoz, who reports to Jorge Henriquez, Chief Operations Officer – Restaurant Division, says, “The evolution of my career continues as I join a team devoted to quality and end-user experience.  I hope to add my efficiency, strategy and panache to this recently-established team.”

In addition to Dickie Brennan’s, Munoz has had stints at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Razzoo and City Lights.

CEO John Kirkendoll says, “The addition of the expertise of Jamie Munoz further adds credence to Kirkendoll’s commitment to the newly-established Restaurant Division.”

Munoz’s community engagement ranges from hospitality to sports and children’s initiatives; roles include Restaurant Leader for the Master’s at Augusta National, VP of the Board for the New Orleans Oyster Festival and Member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association.

Munoz studied business at Southeastern University and graduated from Alfred Bonnable High School.

Kirkendoll Management is a small corporation located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar is Out of Retirement!

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — In January, the family-owned Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar was stripped of its name, and surfboards during a legal battle between owners, Susan and Bruce Rampick, and their former partners.

The bar that has occupied the space at 701 Tchoupitoulas Street for 22 years was renamed 701, and the future of the neighborhood staple was questionable.

But the original owners and staff ride again!

Susan and Bruce Rampick are ecstatic to bring back what they refer to as their “first born.”

Susan says that the love she has for the bar and the ties it has to her family are immeasurable.

“That’s where my husband and I met. That’s where our kids were raised. It’s just our family. It’s so great to be back; I can’t even tell you,” remarked Rampick.

Lucy’s Retured Surfers Bar, Out of Retirement, Reopens with Original Owners & New Partners

The surfboards are going back up at the bar and eatery on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Girod streets. The name that people have long associated with this Warehouse District hot spot has returned too, and so have its founders, along with a new partner.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar plans to officially reopen on Thursday following a round of legal tumult that briefly changed its name and put its future in question.

“We’re still pinching ourselves; we feel lucky,” said Bruce Rampick, who founded Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and for decades ran the business with his wife, Susan.

The couple now run the restaurant and bar in partnership with Kirkendoll Management, a New Orleans-based company that operates the Penthouse Club and other strip clubs in Louisiana.

Lucy’s Rides Again with Brennan Vet in Charge

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant vanished from the Warehouse District in January after more than two decades of serving up beers, scorpion shots and wild times. A dispute between the founder, Bruce Rampick, and the operator, TWTB, led to a federal judge stripping the bar of its name and surfboard decor.

On Thursday (March 7), Lucy’s officially returns. And the surfboards are back on the walls.

Kirkendoll Management, which runs the Penthouse Club on Bourbon Street and other strip clubs, has a 100-year license for the Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant’s name. Kirkendoll will operate the bar and restaurant in partnership with Rampick and his wife Susan.

Kirkendoll Management to Launch Restaurant Division

Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group Alum Jorge Henriquez to Become Chief Operating Officer – Restaurant Division

NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 18, 2016) – Kirkendoll Management, the purveyors of four nightlife establishments across the state, has launched a new, restaurant-focused division to be helmed by former Dickie Brennan Director of Operations Jorge Henriquez.

Henriquez, who had individual roles at both Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse and Commander’s Palace before his corporate title, hopes to bring his focus on quality experience and customer & employee satisfaction to his new job.

Henriquez states, “What drew me to Kirkendoll was the opportunity to start a new venture in a company already focused on a high-level of standards for employees and world-class experiences for customers. My personal mantra for functioning in the restaurant business seemed to perfectly synthesize to their corporate doctrine.”

Kirkendoll’s restaurant division plans to expand the entity’s portfolio to include unique establishments throughout New Orleans & the country, and CEO & Founder John Kirkendoll says there will be some well-known entities joining their group in the near future—with Henriquez helming these developments.

Kirkendoll continues, “Our restaurant division is an exciting extension of our current collection, but our commitment to quality will continue to span both our nightlife and restaurant holdings. I feel there is no better professional to implement our overall corporate mantra than Jorge Henriquez.”

In addition to his new role, Henriquez’s will continue to function as the Manager of Guest Services at the VooDoo Music Festival, a member of the Vieux Carrie Commission and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Henriquez, a four year football standout at LSU graduated from there in 1988.

Kirkendoll Management, a leading hospitality company, is located in Downtown New Orleans. Kirkendoll Management, LLC is dedicated to providing the best quality, environment, and experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry. With subsidiary companies in southeastern Louisiana and beyond our sincere attention to detail at every level combines to create the ultimate entertainment experience.

The Definitive Guide to New Orleans’ Best Strip Clubs

Best Overall – Penthouse Club

The Penthouse Club has long been the king (queen?) of the New Orleans strip club scene. Known for having the most beautiful dancers in town, the space itself is downright opulent, with two floors and three bars — all brightly lit, so you can see the club is something straight out of Scorsese’s Las Vegas, right down to the “Executive Suite” and neon-lit Penthouse Suites overlooking the main stage. Covers are a fairly reasonable $12, and dances will run you around $40. However, beware the upsell; everyone from dancers to servers is looking to keep the chandeliers on in such an impressive setup. It’s certainly your classiest option for a New Orleans bachelor party, with VIP packages starting at $350.