Rick's Cabaret Charlotte Plans Grand Opening of Three-In-One Adult Playground

CHARLOTTE--(May 12, 2005)--Rick's Cabaret--Charlotte will hold a three-day grand opening party May 19th to May 21st to launch its three-night-clubs-in-one "adult playground." The festivities begin at 8 p.m. Thursday May 19 at 5300 Old Pineville Road and are sponsored by Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. [RICK:NASDAQ] a publicly traded company operating adult nightclubs across the country.

Covering 30,000 square feet, Rick's Cabaret-Charlotte comprises the upscale Rick's Cabaret Gentlemen's Club, The Lounge at Rick's Cabaret dance club and Rick's Male Revue, featuring male dancers and caters to a female audience.

To complement local performers, Rick's is flying in more than a dozen of its famous Girls of Rick's dancers from its clubs in New Orleans, Houston and Minneapolis for the grand opening celebration.

"No matter who you are or what kind of nightlife you enjoy, we have something for you in our adult playground," said Eric Langan, CEO of Rick's Cabaret International, who is supervising the opening of the three-in-one club concept. "Our gentlemen's club and Rick's Male Revue will be open from 8 p.m. 'til 2:30 a.m., and then our patrons are invited over to The Lounge, which remains open 'til 5 a.m., so we are truly built for partying."

Rick's Cabaret acquired an option to purchase and a management agreement for the former Manhattan Club in February and has been transforming the venue since then. Separately, the company is also in the process of opening a new club in midtown New York City across from the Empire State Building and one block from Madison Square Garden.

About Rick's Cabaret
Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. (RICK:NASDAQ, www.ricks.com) owns and operates upscale adult nightclubs serving primarily businessmen and professionals that offer live adult entertainment, restaurant and bar operations. The company owns, operates or licenses adult nightclubs in New York City, New Orleans, Houston, Minneapolis and other cities under the names "Rick's Cabaret," "XTC," "Club Onyx" and "Hummers." No sexual contact is permitted at any of these locations. Rick's Cabaret also owns an adult Internet membership Web site, www.couplestouch.com, and a network of nine online auction sites for adult products under the flagship URL www.naughtybids.com. Rick's Cabaret common stock is traded on the NASDAQ SmallCap market under the symbol RICK. For further information contact ir@ricks.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involves significant risks and uncertainties, and is subject to the safe harbors created by this section. Important factors that could cause actual results for Rick's Cabaret to differ materially from those indicated in this press release include the risks and uncertainties as to the future operational and financial results of our Web sites, conditions relevant to real estate transactions, the future operational performance of our partners, the laws governing the operation of adult entertainment businesses, competitive and economic factors, dependence on key personnel and the ability to manage operations. Rick's Cabaret has no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances. Please refer to the documents Rick?s Cabaret files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular the most recent quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB and annual report on Form 10-KSB, which are available at the Company's website, www.ricks.com.

Contact for further information: Allan Priaulx, 212-338-0050, ir@ricks.com