Strip Club In Portland Replaced By Chick-Fil-A Following Shooting Death

Chick-fil-A, once in the news for its support of conservative causes, is set to open a new restaurant at the location of a strip club where a tragic shooting occurred. According to city planning records, the fast-food chicken chain secured permits last year to take over the current site of The Venue Gentleman’s Club and transform it into the first Chick-fil-A within Portland city limits.

The permits granted in October 2023 allow Chick-fil-A to make alterations to the existing building, including the facade and roof. Additionally, the company has permission to expand the building by approximately 60 square feet, rebuild the main entrance facing the parking lot, and introduce new landscaping to the area. Recent filings indicate plans to demolish the entire structure and rebuild it from scratch, incorporating a new entry vestibule, restrooms, play area, dining and kitchen facilities, as well as exterior improvements such as a sidewalk, accessible parking, and ramps.

It is worth noting that Chick-fil-A has decided against adding a drive-thru to the restaurant. The site, which has seen various establishments over the years, including a Hooters and Tony Roma’s, was the location of a tragic incident on April 1. According to the Portland Police Bureau, two individuals were shot, one of whom, Morieo Camel-Harris, sadly lost his life. The medical examiner confirmed that Camel-Harris died from a gunshot wound. 

The second victim, whose identity remains undisclosed, was transported to the hospital by ambulance. In connection with the shooting, Damariea R. Harris, a 31-year-old resident of Portland, was apprehended on April 12 in Vancouver, Washington. Harris faces charges of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, and felony possession of a firearm.

As the transition takes place, Chick-fil-A’s decision to occupy the former strip club location has raised eyebrows and generated discussion within the community. Concerns about the appropriateness of the site and its potential impact on the surrounding area have been voiced. However, the company remains committed to its plans, emphasizing its dedication to providing a family-friendly dining experience.