Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gratuitous pics from Hooters opening

I got a coveted invite to last night's pre-opening party at the new Hooters uptown.


I have to admit it was my first time setting foot in a Hooters, and aside from the girls' uniforms, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I had a hard time even spotting one of the iconic outfits through the hordes of men. It was easily seven guys to every one female patron.

But I will say that when you take away the degrading name, it's a great sports bar with TVs well-placed throughout the restaurant. The bartenders were prompt and friendly --the epitome of service with a smile -- and some silicone. (Oh, come on, it was too easy.)

I hear the wings are good, too, but people who say "I go for the wings" are the same people who say they get Playboy for the articles.

For my male readers, I've posted pics below. Enjoy!







This guy didn't look up from his Hooters magazine for a good 30 minutes.

87 comments:

Jumanji said...

Wow I'm definitely not going there...the talent is horrible. That one chic (is she female?) looks like a linebacker. That might be the nastiest group of women I've ever seen in one picture.

Anonymous said...

Those girls must be thinking,"I can't wait to stop slinging wings and beer and go to work at the strip club!"

Anonymous said...

The scenery is good... the food is horrible. Probably the worst wings I've ever tasted. If it weren't for the half naked girls gimmick, Hooters would've never made it. Which goes back to your point, yeah if you "go for the wings"... you're just straight up lyin! haha

Anonymous said...

Let me first say I enjoy Hooters but something I find ironic is that they don't allow visible tattoos of any kind. Corporate says tattoos would hurt their image.So the girls can wear tops and shorts 2 sizes 2 small but have to cover ANY/EVERY tatoo with a bandaid or makeup????????

Anonymous said...

I've been to Hooters all over the US. And the food is always bad. I'm sure this one is no different. Even after a few beers I still have the greasey chicken taste in my mouth.

Anonymous said...

Tacky-y-y-y.

Anonymous said...

who goes to hooters for food anyways??

Anonymous said...

Better find some prettier girls or they'll be shutting the doors like South Blvd. They can get better looking Hooters than that. I actually do like ther breaded wings. But then again I liked naked hooters!The girls there look more like from Leather & Lace chain!!

Anonymous said...

I want my Graduate back!!!

Anonymous said...

Sarah, Why are you so offended about Hooters?

Anonymous said...

Hooters are way overrated. Food is bad and overpriced. The outfits are quite modest. Some of the women in these pics could be backups for the Carolina Panthers.

Anonymous said...

So sad that this qualifies as news. Is there no depth to which the Observer will sink to stay "relevant?"

Anonymous said...

The black girl in the first picture wearing the black top looks pretty good to me.

Anonymous said...

Definitely disappointed with the "quality" of the wait staff. You would think they would hire better looking for a brand new facility downtown.

Anonymous said...

Been to several Hooters across the country. They food is consistently average. Nothing special. The girls are fun and fun to look at.
I appreciate the fact that Hooters does not care for tatoos. Why mess up a work of art with grafitti?

Anonymous said...

The South Blvd Hooters did not close, it just moved down the street. It is right across the street from the last light rail stop.

I like Hooters, my wife likes Hooters, my daughters like Hooters, and my granddaughters like Hooters.

I would like to see a couple of pictures of the people who seem intent on publicly grading the Hooters wait staff on their looks ... lol.

Anonymous said...

They need to get rid of those "flesh colored tights" in lieu of just showing some leg

Anonymous said...

Why the hell is the observer paying this girl to go to Hooters!? seriously wtf hooters is everywhere, theres nothing special about it and it doesnt contribute to charlotte's social scene. why not make your next trip to the local walmart? with all the rednecks that would almost be as entertaining. Perhaps you should realize that at your age, your social life is dwindling as evidenced by the fact that you think going to a new hooters is cool.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 11:02...

It doesn't matter what we (patrons / public) look like. When you are a restaurant chain that markets yourself this way (on the looks of your wait staff), you would think you would be able to actually back up the marketing.

Anonymous said...

"coveted invite"? Please. Hooters are as common as McDonalds - nothing exclusive about it. If you've been to one, you've been to them all.

Merlin69 said...

I prefer petite/slender girls. I know the manager in Concord prefers thick girls. I have told him he should vary the body types and he does not, so I haven't been back in a year or so. I was going 3 times a week. Business lost! Looks like me may have moved to the Uptown location.

Anonymous said...

The only people that consistently go to Hooters are older dudes(pervs) who like to flirt with young girls with low self-esteem. With that said, the few times I've eaten there, I thought the wings and curly fries were pretty good. And based on those pictures, it appears all the "talent" is working at the other bars uptown. Ouch.

Anonymous said...

I read Playboy for the articles, go to Hooters for the wings and read this blog for the information.

Anonymous said...

Hooters is so "yesterday's news". Most of the women have too much silicone and the food is nothing that you can't get at any sports other sports bar in Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

There's some talent there, but none to be found in the 3rd pic.

Anonymous said...

Can Charlotte not get the girls from Hickory and Greenville? Seriously...

Anonymous said...

Those that are disappointed with the looks of the wait staff are those ugly skanky girls without a boyfriend. I like Hooters, my kids and spouse like Hooters, I was there, all of the girls are beautiful. Get over it uglies.

Katherine said...

hey now! this is for the guy who said the girls can't wait to work at a strip club: give me a break. those girls are working to pay their bills, put themselves through school, or just make a nice life for themselves. yeah, the outfits are skimpy - but all you can do is look. and if that's reason enough for you to spend on high-priced wings and a 20 percent tip, more power to them. it's not an easy job, and that they can deal with customers like you shows just how strong they are.

Anonymous said...

As I said, I was there, and someone making reference to the third picture, both of these girls are beautiful, but the tall one is absolutely stunning.

Anonymous said...

Katerine.. thank you for that comment... my daughter works at Hooters... and just so EVERYONE IS AWARE.. Hooters is a family restaurant.. and not only that.. but.. men can't paw on the waitresses there or they get kicked out.. and they monitor alcohol intake so you donkeys out there can't get wasted and be the asses you are... so for those of you who dont' like the out fits.. trust me.. women wear less when they go to a club... my daughter is working on her degree..and trust me.. she makes more than enough money to go to school and supoort herself...

IF YOU DONT' LIKE IT.. DONT' GO...

Anonymous said...

Get over it people, these girls are waitresses in skimpy uniforms, most of you couldn't pull it off, so give me a break, most are college students just working at a job. And keep in mind, some people posting know and don't like some of the waitresses from working at other establishments and want to make ugly comments just because this is a good way of getting back at them. Puleeze.

Anonymous said...

"Hooters is a family restaurant"

Easy now, lets not get carried away...the girls could be out doing a lot more degrading things, but I would not use the term "family restaurant"

Anonymous said...

Looks like they have lowered their hiring standards for sure. Used to be you had to be close to supermodel status to even get an interview. Of course, that was when the concept was new. Now it's old and cheesy, just another chain for downtown Charlotte. Like Howl at the Moon.....

Anonymous said...

The wings at Hooters are OK, not as good as McHales, but good. They do have an AWESOME CHEESEBURGER tho. I go for the cheeseburgers, not the eyecandy.

Anonymous said...

Hooters, itself, is gratuitous.

Anonymous said...

Whoever used the words stunning and beautiful for some of these girls need to get out of the house more...go to Phil's Tavern uptown if you want to see stunning.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Hooters is a family restaurant. I take my husband and kids there all the time. They really do like the food. And all the waitresses are nice. And no, I'm not bisexual or gay.

Anonymous said...

Such a bunch of judgmental jerks. My daughter works at Hooters, she's the nicest girl and she makes great tips, she's a college student, and pays her own bills. Yes, it's a family restaurant. I go there with my wife.

Anonymous said...

Phil's Tavern is a redneck bar with redneck waitresses.

Chino said...

I did not attend the party last night. I dont work for hooters nor do I know anyone who does. I dont even eat there. I'm just a reader blogging hatters. Almost every comment I read was negative and was "anonymous". You know what "Anonymous" stands for its another name for "Female Bogger". Thats right they want to blog without letting people know they are females that hate. Dont hate boobs.... because I dont!

Anonymous said...

For the two of you posting nasty remarks just because you have a vendetta against one of the girls in the picture, please stop, how pathetic do you have to be to make ugly comments on a blog just to get back at someone? What a couple of losers.

Matt said...

My personal humble opinion. Seriously, Denny's has better looking waitresses. I haven't been to a Hooters in years, foods ok, but not that great. Honestly, did that one lady fall asleep in a tanning booth? Around her eyes, her skin is lighter than her skin color? Wierd - scary. I am sure they are fun and have great personalities, and I am sure the photo just didn't do them justice, but wow. It's like going to a nude beach - not what you would expect. Kindof scary.

Anonymous said...

Hey my daughter works at the new Hooters and is in the picture, I'm so proud of her because she's a great daughter, a wonderful student and a kind and generous person. Hooters is a job and as Chino said, most of the nasty blogs are from females that hate.

Anonymous said...

Wow...guess this topic hit a nerve with a lot of folks. First of all, the place is fun, the staff smile all the time, hustle on service and do what they can to make you smile. Granted, the small uniforms and bodies are nice to look at (in most cases) the food and the atmosphere is what you go there for. If come just to look at women...not your place...if you come there for the the food...not your place. You need to be ready to have a good time there in a nice family friendly setting. Wings are almost like BBQ, people are very picky about their wings and are quick to shoot this place down if the food is not like what they had back home while tailgating. For me, I love the food (not my favorite wings..but unique to Hooters) and atmosphere and bring my wife and two kids there fairly often. She is the one who usually wants to go there because of the food. Good for parents due to all the noise so that you don't have to worry about kids disrupting otheres. The kids get to color, get balloons, and watch the Hooters staff sing, work a hola hoop, and zip orders to the kitchen on a wire (my son loves that). So, those of you with your undies in a knot over this place, relax, it's just a restaurant...that happens to have skimpy outfits. Not for everyone (those who are uptight), so if you are really that unsecure, just dont go there..and leave the rest of us to enjoy without your useless comments. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Bottom line, the food is terrible. But creepy old dudes, fraternity rush parties and rednecks keep it open.

So I guess the guy who started Hooters knew what he was doing... "It doesn't matter that the food is bad, we have chicks in tight clothes to serve it! We'll make millions!"

Anonymous said...

Jealousy is a terrible thing!
I worked at Hooter's from 1986 - 1991. It was a great place to work, had way too much for fun, made way too much money and guess what? I'm not a stripper now!
Perhaps you folks are a bit close minded or weigh too much to wear the uniform.

Anonymous said...

I work there, and most of the "silicon" you see is actually padded bras. check your sources before you come to conclusions. Oh and newsflash to all you flat chested yet flabby everywhere else women; some of us are blessed with natural breast, yea sorry, God must have skipped you.

Anonymous said...

To all of you taking tasteless jabs at the waitresses, GET OVER YOURSELVES!! These girls are trying to make a living/pay forshcool. etc. If you have issue, don't go. There are plenty of people who enjoy going. DO not be so judgemental.

Anonymous said...

Pretty tacky for the uptown scene, IMHO. The fryer smell that has taken over that section of uptown is a nice touch too.

+1 for the lonely business travelers staying at the Marriott, though!

Jackie said...

I can't believe these posts. I'm a married woman and my husband and I have been to Hooters in NC, DC, Maryland, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and New Jersey. The wings and curly fries are awesome. I've been ordered the salads, chicken sandwich, and sampler platter. All have been great everywhere I went. And obviously I go for the food. Stop bashing the place and stop going/looking if you don't like it.

Anonymous said...

Ummmmmmmmmm..gee.uh kinda "interesting" collection of females you have there. Might need to have a few drinks BEFORE you go in! Sorry but I'd expect allot better scenery as that is what the place is about isn't it?

Purrtee ruff.....purrtee ruff : (

Anonymous said...

the application for Hooters:
here is a C cup, go fill this out.

Stacy said...

I worked for Hooter's in Virginia and here in NC and I definitely think that they need to be more selective of the girls that they hire! Some of the girls in the pics are really ugly. What happended to "The Girl Next Door Look?" Some of these girls look like men....lol

Anonymous said...

*CRINGE* Is there anything more embarrassing to see than ugly girls try so hard to look pretty? I give uptown Hooters 6 months tops.

Anonymous said...

These comments are too funny !
I'm stitting here cracking up !
:-)

Anonymous said...

I would go out with the columnist before any of the staff there and take her someplace else because the food at Hooter's is overpriced and awful.

Anonymous said...

If I had a job that required a revealing outfit I would certainly hit the gym a lot more than those girls. I've been to many Hooters and only one had attractive servers. It's so disappointing. A good concept, but the outfits are in serious need of an update and the girls... well... just not what you would hope for in a place claiming to employ attractive women.

Anonymous said...

Who goes to Hooters? I got dragged there on a bachelor party once. The food is gross. And if I want to leer at pretty girls, I'll find a decent gentlemen's club. How you pigs shove greasy chicken down your throats with pretty girls watching? Oil and crumbs smeared all over your lips. Next time, just wear a panthers jersey and complete the look.

Shane said...

Wow. I guess most of you that are bashing have never heard of the saying, "if you dont have anything nice to say, dont say anything at all". Probably the same people that make fun of overweight people, or people that have disabilities. Compassionless bunch of people huh. Like one of the other posters said, I would love to see some of the people bashing these women.
Im sure your all model material huh.

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I just took a walk to the new Hooters, so many judgmental, insecure, god fearing folks on this board, well guess what, at 3:00, Hooters is crowded, imagine that. And the greasy smell is more than likely from the China Queen, in the mornings you can smell the garlic and sesame oil wafing through the air. I find that those who call people ugly and fat and themselves ugly and fat. This is a restaurant people, instead of complaining, just don't go there. I will go because I like it.

Anonymous said...

I went to the grand opening to pick up some wings today and they were great! My husband and I go to Hooters for the food and I don't mind if my husband has something nice to look at besides me. We love their wings. And give the girls a break about their looks! I'm glad it's uptown now and I plan to go there often. Hooter girls, if you are reading any of this drivel, please ignore it. You're all beautiful!

Warren said...

Hooters-home of terrible food and waitresses who have the silliest "flirting" techniques ever!

Seriously, this is on the landing page of this website? Wow...it must be a slow news day.

just asking said...

I've never been to Hooters but I have to ask the women that say they enjoy eating there and are posting on this site, do you think your husband would go to a restaurant where half dressed men were waiting tables? Just a thought....

Anonymous said...

Woman can appreaciate the beauty of another woman -- evidenced by the way they hug eachother, kiss each other, hold hands, dance together, etc. Men, on the other hand, are not wired that way so your suggestion of a restaurant with a theme of scantily clad men will never be. Blame society, Genetics, whatever, that is just the way things are...

Anonymous said...

What a joke! They might as well have opened a McDonald's. What a waste of news space.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous you said it, you will never catch men going with each other to the bathroom and telling each other how cute they look, genetics said we are different like that. This is just another restaurant, and I went there today, all the waitresses are great and the place was packed. I plan to go there with my lunch buddies sometime this week.

Anonymous said...

Hmm I was going to check it out this weekend and watch some games..but I might change my mind now! Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

it never ceases to amaze me how many people in this city think they are better than everyone else and will take every chance to say it to any chance they get. Get over you self you are not that inportant and neither is your opnion. If you dont like it dont go, does it really bother you that much that other people might like it.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that all of the people with these negative remarks are the same people who think Black Fin is a real soprts bar.

Anonymous said...

It ain't no thang but a chicken wang!!!

Anonymous said...

Aaaaaaaand this is news because?....

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! How wonderful!!! I can't wait until a "Pooters," or a "Goobers" opens downtown!!!

Hooter Hound said...

I've never been to Hookers and not sure after seeing those pics why I would ever go. After reading the comments and opinions of others that the food is terrible, the only thing that should get people in the door would be the servers. However, based on these pics the uptown location doesn't have much appeal.

Anonymous said...

I go to Hooters because they are the only sports bar that plays all of the sports PPVs and the price/value of food is about what I would pay to see the live event if it was at the Time Warner Arena.
If these women are able to make a good amount of money to pay their own way thru school, more power to em. As far as being a family restaurant, I have seen untire little league baseball teams eat there; parents, coaches and kids. The crowd experience of watching sports events on huge LCD TVs is great.
BTW: I am anon b/c I'm not signing up for some stupid Google crap just to post a comment, so deal with it

Anonymous said...

Hooters in Greenville rocks because most of the girls that work there are not some old ugly milfs most of them are hot young college girls that go to ECU. Any hooters location usually in and around college towns has the hottest girls. As for the uptown location it is a total disappointment. they should have not put these ladies on the line-up for the first night. Usually franchised restaurants can borrow things from each other like i.e.napkins,cups, plates They should of borrowed some hot young girls from other charlotte and surrounding area locations for the grand opening. just thought i would add my opinion about running a good business.

Anonymous said...

i think everyone below is just simply jealous! being a hooters girl i will say first hand we are a family oriented place (for god's sake we have crayons and coloring mats) "anonymous WOMEN" below get over yourselves and grow up. we are not ANYTHING like a strip club mind you we dont take identification at the door and we serve food unlike 4am breakfast strip clubs. also jealous, simple-minded people most of these girls are probably making more money in a week than you do in a year and not all hooters girls are boobs and makeup we do have degrees and i have two so COME ON IN AND APPLY! haha you know thats what you really want-

thanks!

ashley

Anonymous said...

I find it appetizing to eat fresh hot meat with sauce at places named after female anatomy.

Anonymous said...

What no pregnant waitstaff in the picture? Every time I go in the Gastonia store it seems like there is at least one girl ready to pop working tables in there.

I agree with previous posters that the best staff is in college towns where the manager has the cream of the crop to pic from, but the chain has over expanded. Now the manager has to pic someone who will show up on time everytime they have a shift, with looks coming in second.

Anonymous said...

WOW I was at the opening last night and the atmosphere is great!! I went back today booming buisness! Just to add, HOOTERS GIRLS and strippers are two TOTALLY different people! Most are hard-working students trying to pay off there bills while others are trying to persue a modeling career!! These girls make great cash well over $10 an hour and are doing it classy. OH and the food..you have a well variety, seafood is the best I would say and if YOU dont like your wings GREASYY then get them NAKED! Common Sense= you have a choice!!

For all you haters out there get used to seeing the HOOTERS sign DOWNTOWN bc it will stay!!

OH AND IM A WOMAN speaking my mind!! Say something..

Anonymous said...

I work at Hooters of Uptown Charlotte and LOVE my job. What's funny to me is that the people who are making hateful comments have never been into our restaurant. Before you decide to be so judgemental, come in and find out what we are all about... I bet we'll prove you wrong. If Hooters isn't your thing, then don't come. Nobody is making you. But the people you are making hurtful comments about are real people. Real people who clearly have more class than you do.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those hooter women look terrible. The food is not much better.

Nick said...

I've been with all these girls, and their skills overcompensate for their initial looks. From behind, they all look good. What what!?

Anonymous said...

Nothing against the uptown Hooter girls, but I still want my Graduate back!!!

Anthony said...

we go to Hooters all the time, with my wife and kids, we lived in Nj and it was too far , now i work just a few blocks from the one in Concord , the food is ok, some dishes are really good , my wife loves the Oysters , in their defense i have to say that matt in Concord runs a nice place, the girls there are very nice , and the beer is very cold !!

Hooters does a tremendous amount of Charity work for all kinds of people and a lot more for our Armed forces and Veterans, they truly go out of their way to make large donations of cash to children foundations etc, because of that they earned my appreciation and support, tey are one of the few companies that had sent calendars magazines, wings and hooter girls all the way to Iraq so our soldiers can have a slice of home there in hell.

Linn said...

I don't work at Hooters nor do I know anyone who does. But the mean spirited messages on this board show how hateful people can be. If you don't like Hooters, then don't go but don't trash the women who work there just so you can feel better about yourself. This isn't high school.

Nat said...

Wow, you guys are harsh on these ladies and I sincerely hope none of them actually read these blogs! :(
I am a former Hooters girl, and I managed to stay away from “the pole” after I left. LMAO
It’s a great place to work if you are in college, and it afforded me the opportunity to graduate without the average$ 5,000 in credit card debt that most students acquire.
The girls that I worked with were some of the most beautiful people you will meet, both inside and out. Be nice in the comments, because despite your personal objections about Hooters or its concepts, none of these women deserve a personal attack! :)Although some of these women may not be visually stimulating to your eyes, there is someone who views them as beautiful!

Anonymous said...

If you dont like hooters, ok, dont go! they have a BUNCH of customers that spend lots of money there... the food is good, the girls are awesome and the enviroment is fun. so you can keep saying many things but hooters is already there to stay. I am a girl and love to hang out at hooters.