Hooters controversy | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)
  1. Wash your hands and do not touch your face, keep it safe and clean. Long live Feoa!

Hooters controversy

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by zzyzzx, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

    Messages:
    14,876
    Likes Received:
    1,149
    Trophy Points:
    463
    Location:
    Baltimore, MD USA
    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2 ... 19-ap.html

    Detroit suburb loses Hooters fight

    TROY, Mich. (AP) — 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 state’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.

    “You come directly off the interstate and that’s the first thing you come to,” 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. “That starts to define Troy, I think, and that’s not how we’d like to define Troy.”

    Hooters executives want just one restaurant in Troy but the company won’t close the old one until it’s allowed to serve alcohol at the new restaurant, which opened Monday on a larger, more visible site.

    Critics are concerned that the restaurants’ scantily clad servers don’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 “world-class corridor.”

    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 didn’t hurt opening-day business. And it didn’t faze the mostly male, mostly business-lunch crowd at the restaurant Tuesday.

    “I think the Troy City Council, by drawing attention to this whole situation, put Hooters in the newspapers. It kind of backfired somewhat,” said Dave Sanback, who lives and works in Troy.

    He came with two co-workers and ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich — “the waitress’s favourite, I might add.”

    Sanback said he didn’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 wouldn’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 didn’t come up publicly at the time of the council’s decision.

    As for the surrounding area’s image, he said it’s in the eye of the beholder.

    “It’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,” McNeil said.

    A judge ruled against Hooters’ legal efforts to reverse the city’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.
  2. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

    Messages:
    14,876
    Likes Received:
    1,149
    Trophy Points:
    463
    Location:
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Critics are concerned that the restaurants’ scantily clad servers don’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 “world-class corridor.”

    Seems to me that a place called Big Beaver commercial district is like asking for places like Hooters, strip joints, and XXX theaters.
  3. major

    major New Member

    Messages:
    1,431
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Knoxville, Tenn
    What's the big deal? With a extra Hooter that Beaver corridor will only keep growing bigger....semen from around the world will show up. Officials are are being premature about the out- come.
  4. Silversn95

    Silversn95 Guest

    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Big Beaver is actually the name of a major road through Troy, been there a few times. People need to relax, big deal. Girls dressing in tight tops and shorts. I can see more going to the mall anyway.

    They opened a Hooters in Windsor and there was the same fight to get a liquor license. All because there was some Christian fellowship hall a block away. Hooters won that fight as well.
  5. therieldeal

    therieldeal FEOA Member

    Messages:
    8,622
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    338
    Location:
    Northeast CT
    i think i know the problem. people in the "big beaver commercial district" dont want to see big boobs... they want to see... well, you guessed it.

    someone should open up a "camel toe" restaurant/bar. the waitresses would be fat chicks with tight pants :lol:

    -jon
  6. ValleyScort96

    ValleyScort96 New Member

    Messages:
    1,032
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Rio_Grande_Valley

    yeah and youd be their best customer.
  7. therieldeal

    therieldeal FEOA Member

    Messages:
    8,622
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    338
    Location:
    Northeast CT
    or... not. lol
  8. Misfit_Zero

    Misfit_Zero New Member

    Messages:
    2,371
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Rancho Cucamonga, California
    hahaha, man, I love it. I'm sorry but how is Hooters going to give a bad image of a town, it's not like the girls actually walk around naked. They have freakin' leggings on and some shorts and a tank top. Like Silversn95 said, I can see a lot more walking around my campus or at the mall (most of the people at the mall are high schoolers... not a big college hang out spot) when I actually have to go there. they opened one in my Hometown when I was still in High School but I don't recall a big fuss about it... maybe I just wasn't paying attention to it.
  9. major

    major New Member

    Messages:
    1,431
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Knoxville, Tenn
    Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.
  10. zx24me

    zx24me Guest

    Messages:
    3,559
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I think all 23 of the Moral Majority should be
    put in a row boat and sent to Africa to try
    and fix their problems.
  11. MadBrad

    MadBrad BYO Plastic cutlery

    Messages:
    9,866
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    338
    Location:
    Pickering, Ontario
    If they just oopen up a Pecker's across the road, that would even things out.
  12. 96EscortLX

    96EscortLX New Member

    Messages:
    10,893
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I just read the whole article, went to make some comments, and then I noticed that they have all already been posted. I guess I need to be quicker!
  13. POScort

    POScort New Member

    Messages:
    1,653
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Westland, MI (suburban Detroit)
    This has been on the local news for a while now. Silversn is right, Big Beaver is the name of a local road.
  14. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

    Messages:
    14,876
    Likes Received:
    1,149
    Trophy Points:
    463
    Location:
    Baltimore, MD USA
    And you chickle every time you see that road sign...

    [​IMG]
  15. POScort

    POScort New Member

    Messages:
    1,653
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Westland, MI (suburban Detroit)
    :lol: OMG LMFAO!!!!!! :lol:
  16. jonas1022

    jonas1022 Guest

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I was going to post, but you have already gone down that road. :lol:
  17. MadBrad

    MadBrad BYO Plastic cutlery

    Messages:
    9,866
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    338
    Location:
    Pickering, Ontario
    Ever heard of Big Bone Lick state park?

    There's more hilarity to it than just is name:

Share This Page