HOUSTON (CBSNEWS.COM) — The owner of one of the largest chains of strip clubs in the country, Houston-based Rick’s Cabaret, as well as a chain of military-themed sports bars called Bombshells, got $5.4 million from the government’s small business coronavirus relief fund.

The loan is notable for its size: It’s roughly 54 times the average loan made through the small business aid program. It’s also notable for this: Strip clubs were specifically barred from the Paycheck Protection Program.

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RCI Hospitality, the owner of Rick’s, received funding from the Paycheck program in early May, according to its quarterly financial statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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