Hooters was established on April Fool’s Day in 1983 by businessmen Lynn D. Stewart, and five other associates, because they figured the whole thing would’ve been a failure from the start.
But for over 30 years, the franchise has become one of the most popular (and most controversial) restaurants in the world, with over 430 locations worldwide. That number will continue to grow in the next few years with new spots opening in Southeast Asia.
From the start, Hooters has been known for delivering high quality food with a gimmick. Since the beginning, the restaurant has hired beautiful young ladies as waitresses or, as they’re known in the franchise, Hooter Girls.
A few celebrities have admitted to being a Hooter Girl, including Oscar nominated actress Amy Adams and Grammy nominated actress Naya Rivera. Millions of people across the country saw former CEO Coby G. Brooks disguising himself to help fix some problems in a 2010 episode of the CBS series Undercover Boss.
With a lot of the negativity thrown towards Hooters over the years, they’ve decided to make a change with an all new franchise titled Hoots. This new restaurant won’t feature ladies dressed to show off their ample body parts. Instead, it will include both male and female staff members dress in a brand new Hoots T-shirt.
While Hooters will always be a spot where the fellas can get a beer and watch the game, Hoots will be more family friendly with its approach.
The menu for the casual spot will only feature the most popular items from Hooters, including their beloved chicken wings and burgers. The first restaurant is set to open later this month in Chicago suburb of Cicero. The spot will be 2,800 square feet, feature a full service bar, and have 75 seats. Just like Hooters, you can order your meal online.
There’s no word yet on when other locations will open across the country, but if the Cicero spot becomes a huge success, you can bet they’ll be looking to get construction done right away. You can check out their website and Facebook page for more information.
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