Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. Nightclub Sales Rise 12.5 Percent In First Quarter Of 2012 Fiscal Year

HOUSTON – (January 10, 2012) – Rick’s Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RICK), the nation’s leading group of premiere gentlemen’s clubs, reported a 12.5 percent increase in revenues from its nightclubs for the first fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31, 2011. Sales rose to $21.7 million from $19.3 million.

Comparable sales at clubs open for more than one year rose by 6.7 percent to $20.6 million.

The overall rise in sales was driven by an 18.5 percent increase in revenues in December, with more modest increases in October and November. The figures do not include sales at the now-closed Rick’s Cabaret in Las Vegas, which was discontinued in April 2011.

“We are very pleased with the growth trend and if it continues we should achieve our goals for the fiscal year,” said Eric Langan, President and CEO of Rick’s Cabaret, which operates 23 clubs nationally. He noted that Rick’s Cabaret/Austin, XTC Cabaret/Dallas, Cabaret East/Ft. Worth, Rick’s Cabaret/San Antonio, and Rick’s Cabaret/Minneapolis all reported strong gains, as did Club Onyx locations in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Houston.

About Rick’s Cabaret: Rick’s Cabaret International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RICK) is home to upscale adult nightclubs serving primarily businessmen and professionals that offer live entertainment, dining and bar operations. Nightclubs in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and other cities operate under the names "Rick's Cabaret," "XTC," “Club Onyx” and “Tootsie’s Cabaret”. Sexual contact is not permitted at these locations. Rick’s Cabaret also operates a media division, ED Publications, and owns the adult Internet membership Website couplestouch.com as well as a network of online adult auction sites under the flagship URL naughtybids.com. Rick’s Cabaret common stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol RICK. For further information contact ir@ricks.com

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Contact: Allan Priaulx, 212-338-0050, allan@ricks.com