The Lodge -- America’s Best
When The Lodge opened in 1996, winning awards wasn’t the top priority.
"We simply had a vision of how this business could be," says Dawn Rizos, owner and CEO of the renowned Dallas club. "We were sure we could have a beautiful, sophisticated club, where customers would be proud to visit and men and women would be proud to work. And we hoped that by doing it all with class and integrity, we could have a positive effect on our industry."
The recognition came quickly: local and regional awards for elegance, service and cuisine; praise from widely disparate sources ranging from USA Today to Howard Stern to GQ Magazine; books, films and TV shows invoking The Lodge or filming there.
But now they’re at the pinnacle. In 2008, two years after Dawn was named Industry Innovator of the Year at the Gentlemen’s Club Owners Expo in Las Vegas, she returned to the stage to accept the award for Best Overall Club, the industry’s top honor.
"It’s a wonderful tribute to all the great people who dedicate themselves to making The Lodge so unique," Dawn says. "We have a lot of fun here, but we also have serious goals, and we keep both those things in mind every day."
That success is evident from the first moment of a visit to the The Lodge, which is located near a busy highway in Northwest Dallas near D/FW International Airport. Leave your car with the friendly complimentary valet – if you’re a VIP member, you’ll get it back washed and detailed for free – and head up the stone steps to the massive wooden doors.