Hooters-Whats going on?

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doulasc
Junior Burger
2011/08/31 21:41:32
Here in Columbus ohio we just lost two Hooters recently,Polaris and E.Main st location.
The Hilliard location will stay open but I think its days will be numbered,This now leaves only 4 Hooters left in the State of Ohio.I read on the internet Hooters is closing restaurants in other states also. It sounds to me the chain is headed for bankruptcy. It seems the bad economy hits the
restaurant indusrty hard. Can anyone fill me in?
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/08/31 21:57:21
Thanks for keeping me abreast of this breaking news!!!!
ynotryme
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/08/31 22:49:18
In a note to investors on Jan. 20, Goldman Sachs restaurant analyst Steven Kron said there is such a glut of sit-down restaurants in the United States that up to 12,000 would need to close in order to correct a supply-demand imbalance
ynotryme
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/08/31 22:49:24
In a note to investors on Jan. 20, Goldman Sachs restaurant analyst Steven Kron said there is such a glut of sit-down restaurants in the United States that up to 12,000 would need to close in order to correct a supply-demand imbalance
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 00:51:07
We have one open air Hooter's that opened up about 6 months ago near us in the front of a distressed mall that is mostly unoccupied. Interestingly, they're always packed in the evening when I drive by and appear to be doing very well. This is pretty unusual considering the night time summer temps rarely dip below 85 F and it must be very uncomofortable even with ceiling fans with our high humidity. They must be doing something right. Even the parking in a co-located garage is very inconvenient and requires taking an elevator down to the first floor. The building has been a turkey for the past 20 years and is supposed to be a text book example of everything done wrong for a retail center. Over the years, both Chili's and TGIF have tried to make in that mall and failed to attract enough customers.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 02:46:50
Like all the theme restaurants, they run a cycle usually only staying around until the novelty wear off.
Not sure what Hooters Novelty is but they lasted longer than most.
Must be their uplifting reputation that sticks out with most diners.
Now, Hooters can do a TV Reality show to compete with the new Playboy series.
I predict the next big Theme Restaurant concept---Chippendales Weiners!!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 03:49:12
Lee-LOL!!!!!!!!!!
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 09:49:00
The Hooters here (in a converted Shoney's building from the '60s) has a packed parking lot every time I pass by.  I guess it depends on market conditions at each location. 
post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/09/03 08:05:29
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 09:59:41
doulasc

Here in Columbus ohio we just lost two Hooters recently,Polaris and E.Main st location.
The Hilliard location will stay open but I think its days will be numbered,This now leaves only 4 Hooters left in the State of Ohio.I read on the internet Hooters is closing restaurants in other states also. It sounds to me the chain is headed for bankruptcy. It seems the bad economy hits the
restaurant indusrty hard. Can anyone fill me in?

 
I hear it is quite typical to lose them in pairs.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 10:16:07
leethebard

Thanks for keeping me abreast of this breaking news!!!!

 

Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 10:20:12
In Dallas, we have two new Hooter's "wannabe's".
No joke ~  "Twin Peaks" and, "Burger Girls".
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 10:50:21
Twinwillow

In Dallas, we have two new Hooter's "wannabe's".
No joke ~  "Twin Peaks" and, "Burger Girls".


Twin, you forgot about Bonedaddy's.  http://www.bonedaddys.com/
 
Not only do they have by far the best food in that "segment", their "wait-costume" is more "thought-provoking"than Hooters' and the others you mentioned.
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/01 11:02:13
We  had two, both closed but "hoo" cares???
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/03 07:52:38
DawnT

We have one open air Hooter's that opened up about 6 months ago near us in the front of a distressed mall that is mostly unoccupied. Interestingly, they're always packed in the evening when I drive by and appear to be doing very well. This is pretty unusual considering the night time summer temps rarely dip below 85 F and it must be very uncomofortable even with ceiling fans with our high humidity. They must be doing something right. Even the parking in a co-located garage is very inconvenient and requires taking an elevator down to the first floor. The building has been a turkey for the past 20 years and is supposed to be a text book example of everything done wrong for a retail center. Over the years, both Chili's and TGIF have tried to make in that mall and failed to attract enough customers.


Cocowalk?
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/06 10:58:21
The only Hooters' I have gone to on a regular basis is their Inner Harbor store in Baltimore.  Their food was always very good.  Now that we live near Dallas I must say that the Hooters' food "down here" is not nearly as good.
 
Sadly, the same can be said for all the "chains" here in DFW.  Restaurants that were "very good to wonderful" in Metro DC are nasty down here.  In that I include Hooters, Texas Roadhouse, Macaroni Grill, Logan's Roadhouse, Chili's, On the Border, and TGIF's - all of which are noisy salt-fests.  Their cooks seem to have watched a little too much Emeril as they all go "BAM!" way past the standards of their corporate kitchens.
 
Ang thankfully they do fail.  TGIF had to close two stores (Plano and McKinney) in our ultra-prosperous and growing Collin County due, presumably, to nasty food.  Even the Ruby Tuesday's - so consistently good back East - closed in McKinney due to vile food.   
 
The only "chains" that seem to keep their national quality standards are Carraba's, Grimaldi's, and Outback.  The same can be said for the local Oceanaire, but they are several cuts above a "chain".
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2011/09/06 11:12:57
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/06 12:45:31
MetroplexJim

Twinwillow

In Dallas, we have two new Hooter's "wannabe's".
No joke ~  "Twin Peaks" and, "Burger Girls".


Twin, you forgot about Bonedaddy's.  http://www.bonedaddys.com/

Not only do they have by far the best food in that "segment", their "wait-costume" is more "thought-provoking"than Hooters' and the others you mentioned.

Jim,
 
I have driven past the location on Spring Valley on numerous occasions.  I always thought the name was cute, but didn't even realize that this was their business....umm...segment?
 
You said that the food is best in this (again) "segment," but is it worth a stop? Or, are you just saying that it is better than Hooter's?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/06 13:02:16
Two other Hooters knock-offs that I have found around the country are Emerson Biggins and Tilted Kilt, which now has a location here in Pittsburgh.  Not that I mind looking at pretty girls, but I would rather go someplace with good food.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/06 13:15:43
buffetbuster
Two other Hooters knock-offs that I have found around the country are Emerson Biggins and Tilted Kilt, which now has a location here in Pittsburgh.  Not that I mind looking at pretty girls, but I would rather go someplace with good food.

We have Tilted Kilts out here. The one I've been to has pretty good food and was voted "Best Sports Bar" in Phoenix! 
Their Corporate office is right here in Tempe!
post edited by Foodbme - 2011/09/06 13:22:51
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/06 14:03:37
The two Hooters in central NY close a few years ago. My ex-wife and I got severe  food poisoning from bad burger meat at the one that was at Carousel Mall.  We apparently weren't the only ones, as they had a surprise visit from a health inspector not long after that, and they were shut down temporarily. They didn't last much longer after reopening.
 
I used to frequent the ones in Bellevue, WA, and Lake Union in Seattle, and the food was always very good. Almost every Sunday evening would find me and some friends crushing a mountain of wings and a few pitchers of beer to cap the weekend off.
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/13 17:17:17
On Sunday afternoons the one here has a parking lot full of motorcycles, mostly Harleys. It must be a meeting place for bikers. I have not been there, but I hear that they have really good hot wings.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/13 18:44:26
In my opinion, they have mediocre wings. I have eaten there many times because of the hype of the food( Bob seemed intersted in other things) and found the food sub par. Couldnt care less if they all close.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/13 21:22:49
They serve food?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/14 08:57:50
Believe it or not I used to go to hooters- for  tuesday night  trivia with the guys and that's it.I haven't been there in over 4 years.  If I was in a drinking mood- I would get Sam Adam's- if I wasn't then all I would have is a diet coke- I refused to eat there. Even when our table won- we would get coupons for free food- that meant nothing to me.
I've had their wings years ago and they are flat out nasty...
 
Since I dated a former hooters girl in the past , it took all the fun out of oogling- so even that didn't happen.
collinf
Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/15 20:21:04
I think the Hooter's restaurants in Ohio are franchised operations.  I know they are in Indiana and some parts of Illinois.  I think the difference is in if they are corporate run or franchised operations.
senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/27 06:38:45
I am an American living in China. In my city of Hangzhou, there are several American and western chains of fast food. Subway (which is over $6 USD for a footlong, too expensive), bunches of KFC's and Starbucks, Pizza Hut's (which is a total head scratcher since Pizza Hut is expensive and sucks)  and a few McDonalds.
 
Saying that, about 5 years ago a Hooter's branch opened. Frankly, I never liked Hooters that much in America. I always thought the concept was a bit degrading for women, and frankly, the menu wasn't anything special. Chicken wings? Even my dumbass knows how to make those. It's not haute cuisine.
 
But I was interested in what it was like here. It was just about exactly the same, down to the floor plan and the kitchsh. The Chinese girls in those outfits were cute. One minor annoyance was that they were required to do a performance once an hour. Not required in my book, but it creates a "festive" atmosphere. One was required to stand at the door in those shorts when it was winter and cold outside. Places where the staff SHOUTS "Welcome to (Our Company)!!" usually makes me run out the door. Why does management make them do that? They hate to do it, and we the customers hate to hear it.
 
Didn't have the chicken wings, but I had the hamburger and the steak sandwich, which were both just not good to awful. I chalk that up a lot to hiring local staff, who really do not know how to make the food correctly. That steak sandwich was just a blob of grease, funky meat, a limp bun with some old curly fries next to it. For about 10 USD. Everything in there was expensive, plus a 15% SERVICE FEE.
 
The branch survived about a year or so, and then went out of business. Hangzhou is near Shanghai, and it does well enough there because of the amount of Westerners to support it. Hangzhou has a smaller expat community, and frankly, the Chinese themselves did not like the food, the prices for mediocre food they were not familiar with, nor the concept. Other places like Subway, KFC, Starbucks have survived and thrived by knowing and catering to the wants and needs of the local customer. Chinese like Subway because of the vegetables, KFC because it is chicken, and also because KFC was very wise to allow different menu items for local tastes (and taking out all the good menu items KFC has), Starbucks for hot drinks (Chinese love tea/coffee houses where they can sit on their butts for hours playing Iphone or reading magazines)  Hooters for some odd reason thought an exact store in a city in China would go over like one in Tennessee. 
 
Not to mention that a custodian or guard (after hours, and not by the food) died on their property, after hours. That's some bad ju-ju on the place and it shuttered right after that. Hooters said they will return, but they haven't, and probably never will. Good riddance.
 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/27 14:13:42
Hooters in China??? Since Asian women tend to be small breasted, did they call it Little Hooters????
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/27 15:32:29
collinf

I think the Hooter's restaurants in Ohio are franchised operations.  I know they are in Indiana and some parts of Illinois.  I think the difference is in if they are corporate run or franchised operations.


I think that makes a big difference. The wide variation in quality between a lot of them is staggering. I've been to some that are clean as a whistle, the food is well prepared and tasty, the staff is friendly, clean, and prompt... and then there are the places like the one that gave me food poisoning.
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/27 15:57:08
wanderingjew

If I was in a drinking mood- I would get Sam Adam's- if I wasn't then all I would have is a diet coke- I refused to eat there. Even when our table won- we would get coupons for free food- that meant nothing to me.
I've had their wings years ago and they are flat out nasty...


Maybe they would've tasted better with a Budweiser?
 
I was really disappointed the first time I tried them.  All the advertising hype had me believing that they were going to be fantastic...and to me they weren't.
 
Brad
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/27 16:13:37
Bob just came back from China, dont judge.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/09/27 18:01:45
ScreamingChicken

wanderingjew

If I was in a drinking mood- I would get Sam Adam's- if I wasn't then all I would have is a diet coke- I refused to eat there. Even when our table won- we would get coupons for free food- that meant nothing to me.
I've had their wings years ago and they are flat out nasty...


Maybe they would've tasted better with a Budweiser?


Brad

 
I  like Sam Adams
 
Are you inferring that I'm a second class citizen???
 
That's it I'm done with you too Screaming Brad 
 
(btw- how many people am I done with already???) 
BackAlleyBurger
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/10/01 11:39:51
Foodbme

Hooters in China??? Since Asian women tend to be small breasted, did they call it Little Hooters????

 
lmao, you dont watch southpark do you??....... they call it raisins !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfJ-Tuxc2Sk&feature=related
post edited by BackAlleyBurger - 2011/10/01 11:42:42
45013
Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/10/01 13:17:56
http://urlnew.com/bj
 
Yahoo Finance:  "Hooters chain accuses rival of stealing info"
 
Said "rival" is called Twin Peaks (never heard of it).
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/10/01 15:43:41
And Hooters got their hot wing idea on their own?
senor boogie woogie
Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/10/06 03:41:16
 
That lawsuit is asinine. What possible "trade secrets" could this former VP steal?
 
The concept is simple. A 15 year old boy could have thought it up. Young, large brested females in tight clothing and shorts, serving fast food and beer with sports on various televsions. Add a tasteless name and there you have it.
 
This is another post. I am the OP. I think the lawsuit is asinine and ridiculous, and the only reason this crap happens is that it makes lawyers money, and a company's petty vindictiveness to a competitor with the same moronic concept.
 
http://www.freeratio.org/showthread.php?p=6940869#post6940869
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/09 08:08:57
The Travelin Man

MetroplexJim

Twinwillow

In Dallas, we have two new Hooter's "wannabe's".
No joke ~  "Twin Peaks" and, "Burger Girls".


Twin, you forgot about Bonedaddy's.  http://www.bonedaddys.com/

Not only do they have by far the best food in that "segment", their "wait-costume" is more "thought-provoking"than Hooters' and the others you mentioned.

Jim,

I have driven past the location on Spring Valley on numerous occasions.  I always thought the name was cute, but didn't even realize that this was their business....umm...segment?

You said that the food is best in this (again) "segment," but is it worth a stop? Or, are you just saying that it is better than Hooter's?


Yes.  I would go there "just" for the food which is a cut above even Red, Hot, & Blue's (if you are familiar with that chain which is patterned on Corky's of Memphis). 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/09 08:30:22
45013

http://urlnew.com/bj

Yahoo Finance:  "Hooters chain accuses rival of stealing info"

Said "rival" is called Twin Peaks (never heard of it).


Twin Peaks is native to Dallas.  It has better food and "scenery" than Hootershttp://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com/
 
I guess that Hooters is concerned about the fact that, in the past five years, they have gone from one location in Plano to twenty now in seven states.
 
I don't know that Hooters can do about "this" except suck it up and improve their sorrowful food and service.  What else could they to do?  Copyright the restaurant names "Boy Toys", "Fun Bags", "Ta-Ta's", "Motor Boater's", "Pushin' Cushion's", etc.?  Good luck on that!
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/09 08:38:24
Telling people you're going to Hooter's for the food is like telling people you read Playboy for the stories.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/13 11:39:53
carlton pierre

Telling people you're going to Hooter's for the food is like telling people you read Playboy for the stories.


This reminds me of another reason for the decline of Hooter's:  "political correctness". 
 
The last time I went (and the first time I had gone since the early '90's) was a few months ago as the guest of a colleague and her young children who love the wings on 50 cent wing night.  Beginning with our six-months-pregnant hostess, still in "uniform", I was struck by the -- to put it politely -- "ordinary" level of pulcritude that characterized the wait-staff.  It was almost as if they had picked out their wait-staff from the first fifteen women aged 18 - 35 strolling into the local Wal-Mart on a given Tuesday.  Making these individuals wear that "uniform" only made the scene more grotesque.
 
I can only conclude that this is the so very sad result of frivolous lawsuits.  First, God cannot be acknowledged publicly, then the American Flag cannot be worn on Cico de Mayo, and now no hooters worth ogling in Hooters'!   No wonder Shakespeare wrote: "First, let us kill the lawyers". 
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/13 16:13:03
My only visit to Hooters took place 17 years ago, when I entered a local store to buy a shirt for my then 'girlfriend' Janet. The years have passed and she still wears the "golf Shirt" rather nicely, if I do say so myself. The store is still quite busy and has attracted several of my sons who are now introducing their sons (and a couple of daughters) to the wonders of the Hooter's image and menu. I have yet to do a second visit, but then I don't much care for Buffalo Wings, and I can't remember why scantily-clad young food servers are supposed to attract my attention.

ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/13 20:28:18
Twin Peaks was a great TV series.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/14 09:44:56
They aren't closing in the San Antonio area.The one in Selma is always busy,and just saw a commercial this morning on tv for Hooters.I guess it is the underpreforming places they are closing.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Hooters-Whats going on? 2011/11/15 19:10:15
Yes, times are tough and the chains are retrenching.  Even here in fast-growing and high-income McKinney, TX we have recently lost our TGIF's, Ruby Tuesday's, and (" />oh, no!" />) our Twin Peaks
 
For some reason our Hooter's (with the pregnant hostess and her WalMart refugee colleagues) remains open.