OTTAWA — Patrick Brazeau stood at the bar of Bare Fax Gentlemen's Club while his boss answered questions from reporters Wednesday morning.
The suspended senator breezed past cameras at the front door around 11:20 a.m. without answering questions and started his second shift as day manager at the York St. peeler bar.
"A job is a job," Brazeau quietly told this reporter at the bar as the lunch crowd slowly started to arrive.
But what do you think of all this attention?
"I'm used to it," he said before politely declining a longer interview on his new gig.
During the lunch buffet of steak, potatoes, salad and tangy dill pickles, patrons concentrated on their drinks and meals, paying more attention to the fleshy entertainment on stage and the Canada-Latvia hockey game on the flat screens than the celebrity strip club manager.
Brazeau cleared some tables with one of the owners but mostly stood by the bar over the lunch hour, occasionally sipping from a coffee mug.
As day manager, he's in charge of 25-30 staff, everything from hiring to firing to scheduling.
One stripper making the rounds of the tables said she heard about the Brazeau story in a cab on her way to work and feared the day ahead.
Management of the family-owned strip club knew there would be interest in Brazeau's new job but they expected it would take a week for the media to catch wind.
One of the owners, Carmelina Bentivoglio, said Brazeau is her uncle's friend.
"He was looking for a job -- and anyone looking for a job we're willing to hire," Bentivoglio said in her second-floor office as Brazeau prepared for his shift.
"I'm sure he's going to have some good ideas for us. He's a smart guy, not a dummy."