A new, high-end dining experience awaits guests at Scarlett’s Cabaret in South Florida (Hallandale Beach, to be exact), as the brand new Rick’s Steakhouse and Lounge opens today (May 4). Owned and operated by RCI Hospitality, the 3,000-square-foot Steakhouse inside Scarlett’s is modeled after RCI’s New York City club, Rick’s Cabaret, which also includes an in-house steakhouse.

“We always felt there was something missing at Scarlett’s. We envisioned a space where you could really relax, where the music wasn’t as loud, and you could enjoy a good meal or a cigar,” RCI president Ed Anakar told the Miami New Times. “After seeing the success that we were having with Rick’s Cabaret, we decided to bring that same experience to Miami.”

Shawn Barnes
Shawn Barnes

Separate from the main club (although located in the same building), Rick’s offers guests an authentic restaurant and upscale lounge ambiance. Shawn Barnes, general manager of Scarlett’s, was largely responsible for designing a décor reminiscent of an upscale speakeasy, including black and gold leather couches and banquettes, marble tabletops streaked with black and gold, a black felt pool table, and gold chandeliers.

“We wanted it to have that Miami feel — think a more luxurious lounge and ambiance,” Anakar told the Times. “Now you can have a night out at the club, and go next door to have a really good meal or just relax. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Rick’s menu and the kitchen feature executive chef Bryan Doell, who previously held the position at The Palms Grille steakhouse inside Fort Lauderdale’s Solid Gold. “We focused on developing a number of high-quality, standout dishes,” Doell mentioned to the Times. “And while steak is the star of the show, we wanted to make sure there was something for everybody.”

For more information, please see the Miami New Times story here.

Rick’s Steakhouse and Lounge2920 SW 30th Ave., Hallandale Beach; 954-455-8318; scarlettscabaret.com. Open daily from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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