Podcast Preview: One Night At Sam’s Hofbrau, DTLA’s First Strip Club

One of L.A.’s longtime residents recounts his experience taking some “working girls” to the Atomic Cafe on 1st and Alameda

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is a weekly podcast series produced by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave in which the Esotouric founders talk with L.A. personalities about the city’s myths, contradictions, and inspirations.

This week, Richard and Kim keep you apprised as to changes in the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, rumors surrounding the renaming of Spring and 5th Streets, and why there is a gaggle of longtime vendors leaving Grand Central Market.

In this exclusive clip, Richard and Kim sit down with Terry Ellsworth, who has lived in Downtown L.A. for so long that he remembers the opening of the city’s first strip club. “It always felt like a restaurant,” he divulges, “but with naked girls walking around.” Tune in to hear Ellsworth tell the tale of a night when he took two strippers and a pal on a double date to Atomic Cafe where (spoiler alert) somebody ended the evening in the back of a police car. 

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Richard and Kim share highlights from the You Can’t Eat the Sunshine podcast every week at CityThink.