http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2 ... 19-ap.html Detroit suburb loses Hooters fight TROY, Mich. (AP) â€” A fight to discourage Hooters restaurant from expanding in a well-to-do Detroit suburb by blocking its liquor licence has backfired: now there are two restaurants just three kilometres apart. Troy, a high-income city of just 80,000 people and home to the stateâ€™s only Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue department stores, now has another distinction. It is the only non-resort city of its size to have two Hooters. â€œYou come directly off the interstate and thatâ€™s the first thing you come to,â€ said Wade Fleming, a councilman who voted in June to reject the transfer of a liquor licence to the new Hooters restaurant from a rundown tavern that once operated at the same location. â€œThat starts to define Troy, I think, and thatâ€™s not how weâ€™d like to define Troy.â€ Hooters executives want just one restaurant in Troy but the company wonâ€™t close the old one until itâ€™s allowed to serve alcohol at the new restaurant, which opened Monday on a larger, more visible site. Critics are concerned that the restaurantsâ€™ scantily clad servers donâ€™t fit the image the city seeks to project in its Big Beaver commercial district. Fleming said officials are trying to make the area a â€œworld-class corridor.â€ City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm said the number of police calls to the old Hooters entered into the decision to reject the licence transfer, as did the fact that it would have left Hooters with two liquor licences in Troy. After Hooters was denied a liquor licence, it went ahead with plans for the new location, obtaining building permits and spending about US$1 million renovating what had been a dilapidated bar. Attempts to reach a compromise that would have allowed the new location to serve alcohol failed. Sixteen dry beer taps stared back at the patrons who lined the bar this week but manager Mark Grant said the lack of alcohol didnâ€™t hurt opening-day business. And it didnâ€™t faze the mostly male, mostly business-lunch crowd at the restaurant Tuesday. â€œI think the Troy City Council, by drawing attention to this whole situation, put Hooters in the newspapers. It kind of backfired somewhat,â€ said Dave Sanback, who lives and works in Troy. He came with two co-workers and ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich â€” â€œthe waitressâ€™s favourite, I might add.â€ Sanback said he didnâ€™t see how Hooters detracts from the image of Troy, which, he said, has good schools, low crime and top-notch parks and recreation. He added, however, that he wouldnâ€™t bring his nine-year-old daughter to the restaurant. Hooters, an Atlanta-based chain of 440 restaurants in 26 states and 21 countries, has run into community opposition before when opening new locations. But Mike McNeil, its vice-president of marketing, said he knew of no other relocation in the same city that had been so contentious. McNeil said the police have given the restaurant a good recommendation and the calls the city cites had nothing to do with alcohol. He added such issues didnâ€™t come up publicly at the time of the councilâ€™s decision. As for the surrounding areaâ€™s image, he said itâ€™s in the eye of the beholder. â€œItâ€™s not like they have parks or monuments or something like that. This is a commercial corridor, with filling stations, auto repair shops and the like,â€ McNeil said. A judge ruled against Hootersâ€™ legal efforts to reverse the cityâ€™s decision and the lawsuit is now in state appeals court. The company also has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the city discriminated against it and denied its right to free expression.