Vance, who frequented the club with friends and colleagues, was a notorious jokester. During his memorial service held at the Washington National Cathedral this week, former colleague and friend, MSNBC news correspondent and Today Show anchor, Craig Melvin, recalled a time when Vance lured him to lunch promising “the best steak in the District.” (Video clip here.)
Melvin, then new to NBC4, explained that Vance had given him what he thought was the address of a steak house on M Street. That place, of course, turned out to be The Camelot Showbar, which Melvin described to guest as, “D.C.’s most famous strip club.” The story underscored Jim’s playful spirit was received by guests with roaring laughter.
“Our hearts were heavy after the news of Jim’s passing,” says Camelot’s General Manager, Nick Triantis. “Jim was the consummate gentleman – a class act. Everyone got a kick out of him riding up on his Harley Davidson. He always had a smile on his face. We’ve have a lot of celebrities come in here over the years, but none as down to earth as Jim.”
Touched by the humorous mention at Vance’s memorial service, Camelot management decided to name a steak special in Vance’s honor. “We don’t usually mention our clients by name, but Mr. Melvin let the cat out of the bag, so we thought it fitting to pay tribute to the story. We’re having our chef prepare a steak special exclusively in Jim’s honor and we’re calling it “The Vance.”
“The Vance” will consist of a choice, center cut New York strip steak, charbroiled to the customer’s liking and dressed with a cognac cream sauce. It will be served with herbed potato mashers and asparagus. The inaugural special, priced at $16.95, will be offered today and tomorrow.
“Yes, we are a gentlemen’s club and people come for the entertainment, but we take our food very seriously. We’re not exactly a ‘steak house’ per Jim’s jest, but our steak (and other food) really is delicious. Renown TV food critic, Rich Massabny, has attested to that a couple times.”
Family owned and operated, The Camelot Showbar has been Washington, D.C.’s premier gentlemen’s club since 1979. Camelot’s success has been noted by a variety of media outlets and its coveted dancers, The Camelot Showgirls, having graced the pages of outlets such as Playboy and Maxim. Camelot was voted “Best Strip Club” in 2016 and 2017 in the Washington City Paper’s annual “Best of D.C. Readers’ Choice” poll. Located in the heart of downtown Washington, Camelot is open 7 days a week, touting two floors, two stages, two bars and several large screen TVs for customers to watch sports games. More information can be found on the club’s web site, www.camelotshowbar.com. Follow Camelot on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The Camelot Showbar
1823 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036
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