A statute put into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis concerning adult entertainment and minors, including drag shows, is already causing problems for at least one Orlando business, which is trying to block the bill.

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Hamburger Mary’s in Orlando, famous for its burgers and drag acts, is suing the state of Florida and DeSantis in federal court, claiming the bill violates their First Amendment rights.

According to the relevant statute, SB 1438, Protection of Children, venues that let kids attend a “adult live performance” risk having their business licenses suspended or revoked.

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The downtown Orlando eatery claimed to have formerly held a Sunday family-friendly drag brunch.

The restaurant’s proprietors assert that the state’s statute has a vague impact on free speech and is too ambiguous and wide to meet the requirements of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Bookings for May decreased 20%, according to Hamburger Mary’s owners, when they informed patrons that kids would no longer be allowed at any of their drag acts.

Who owns Hamburger Mary’s?

Hamburger Mary’s is owned by John Paonessa in Orlando.

Hamburger Mary’s is a restaurant chain that mixes food and drag queen entertainment. Hamburger Mary’s first launched in San Francisco in 1972 and has since extended to locations across the United States and even overseas.

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Hamburger Mary’s is recognized for its informal dining atmosphere, with a menu that includes hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and other comfort foods. With drag shows, special nights, and a welcome environment for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, the restaurants frequently offer a busy and energetic atmosphere. Each Hamburger Mary’s store is normally owned and operated independently, despite being part of the larger Hamburger Mary’s franchise.