The name is taken from the building's awning, although the "Brownstone" portion of the name is obscured due to its position, leading to confusion that the laundromat is known simply as "Laundromat".
The Brownstone Laundromat, which features an interior equipped with washing machines, hung laundry and a cashier's counter (complete with a cashier), is important in the game for two purposes. The interior of the laundromat will spawn a red Tracksuit outfit pickup, which the player can use to clear a one or two-star wanted level. In addition, the player must rob the cashier for money as a requirement for 100% completion.
Although the building housing the laundromat still exists in the GTA Vice City Stories rendition of Vice City, there is no evidence of any laundromat based inside.
- The laundromat's awning bears a phone number that uses the fictional 555 area code: 555-7920.