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Old February 27th, 2007, 03:17 PM   #1
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City of Troy 'protecting' its image? That's a hoot
by Terry Foster
Restaurant's image is no racier than SI's Swimsuit Issue, sports team's dance squads.


TROY — Last week, I enjoyed lunch at Hooters, which, according to local politicians, is located at the “Gateway to Troy” and ruins the city’s image.

This probably is the wrong thing to say, but I enjoyed myself there. It was fun to be waited on by my roller-skating, talkative waitress Rebecca.

A few weeks ago, I went to Cheli’s Chili for a statement lunch. I did not want people to be afraid of downtown despite a double homicide at the restaurant by a disgruntled employee.

Last week was my protest lunch. It is ridiculous the restaurant can’t have its liquor license transferred from its old location 3 1/2 miles away on John R and 15 Mile Road in Troy. This is a bottom-line miscalculation by politicians in Troy who believe the restaurant exploits women.

Hooters decided to keep its old location running until this dispute is settled. So now, Troy is stuck with a pair of Hooters and is generating business for the restaurants because of the media attention.

Hooters hardly is the king of class, but it is not doing anything outrageous. Sports is a business that uses beautiful women to sell itself.

Have you seen the cover of most auto magazines?

Chances are, there will be a woman on the cover wearing a bikini or Daisy Dukes. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue sells way more issues than the SI post-Super Bowl issue. When the Los Angeles Kings needed a boost in ticket sales, they turned to a buxom blond to jump-start things.

If you worry about what women wear to entertain men, then you never can attend a Pistons game because of Automotion. You could never go to a Michigan or Michigan State game because they use female cheerleaders.

The Lions do not use professional cheerleaders, and I can’t tell you how many men the past few years have e-mailed me to say they want them on the sidelines.

During Super Bowl week in Miami, we did our show on Radio Row. And companies got our attention to put guests on by parading around some of the most stunning women you ever would want to see.

I do not believe Hooters is exploiting women. The name is a bit racy, but this is a restaurant that is no more out of line than the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat or the Oakland Raiders. There even are some Detroit-area restaurants that outdo Hooters by having waitresses wear bikinis and boots or high heels. And they are not even considered to be strip clubs.

Hooters girls wear orange shorts, gym shoes, socks and t-shirts that normally are tied in the back to accentuate their — well, you know the name of the restaurant. They wear nylon stockings thick enough to pour a bowl of soup in without making a mess.

They are known for their wings and breasts. The wings you can eat.

It is a restaurant that serves average food, that lures men in with pretty women who are attentive and sometimes sit at your table for a chat. If you are having trouble with your woman, they will lend advice.

The politicians believe this place is too racy and not upscale enough for Troy.

First of all, let’s address the location. Big Beaver at Rochester Road is not the Gateway to Troy or even its side door. When I think of Troy, I think of Big Beaver and I-75. It is the National Bank building, Morton’s Steakhouse, TGI Friday, Champps.

The gateway is Somerset Mall and all the upscale restaurants and shops nearby.

The rest of Troy is nice. But it is no different than the surrounding communities. The Hooters is located in an old building that looked like it was falling down for many years. So Hooters actually is an improvement.

It is my understanding the city of Troy was not thrilled with allowing Hooters at the John R location many years ago. But they built there anyway and it has been an icy relationship.

The city felt it could prevent Hooters from moving by refusing to allow a liquor license transfer. But Hooters built anyway.

So you can go to Hooters and order the chicken wings and oysters, but you can’t drown it down with a stiff scotch or ale.

Hooters of America, Inc. is fighting the liquor ban and will take its case to U.S. District Court on Feb. 28.

Supposedly, the city turned down a compromise where Hooters would tone down its orange signs to conform more to the image of the business corridor.

The Troy City Council faces a $1 million law suit filed by Hooters and actually has helped the restaurant. When I went there last week, the place was close to filled at 11:30 in the morning. It was strange sitting among a group of men in a bar sipping soft drinks without suds. But we all survived.

I tried the grouper sandwich and Rebecca sat down to look over my Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which was way racier than my roller-skating Hooters girl.

Eventually, Hooters will win this fight, as it should. And people finally will be able to wash down the hot wings with a cold beer.

I will make sure I am one of them.

You can reach Terry Foster at (313) 222-1494 or terry.foster@detnews.com.
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Hooters decided to keep its old location running until this dispute is settled. So now, Troy is stuck with a pair of Hooters and is generating business for the restaurants because of the media attention.
Did anyone else find this humorous? "A pair of Hooters"
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Did anyone else find this humorous? "A pair of Hooters"
No but I do find it funny that it is on Big Beaver Rd.
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No but I do find it funny that it is on Big Beaver Rd.
Exit 69 even!!!
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Wait wait wait...so there are a PAIR of HOOTERS located on BIG BEAVER RD which is EXIT 69?
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the problem is the old women that think it a sin to show skin and the wives that are pissed that their men are going there insted of looking at them
it is a joke to think that hooters is bad for a city and to put it another way how many strip cluvbs does troy have


just something to think about
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What is really screwed up is the mayor voted to give them their liquor license. It is the religous wackos on city council that voted against it. You would think the Mayor would have a little more say what happens in his city.

I hope Troy loses the million dollar lawsuit. Hooters is a legal buisness and has done everything by the book. They should in no way be denied the right to do buisness and serve beer. If they cant serve beer than every other br in Troy should be held to the same moronic standard.

How fast do you think tax revenue in Troy would plummet if they did that? I bet Hooters would be given their license then.
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Uh...Zero? Troy is in Oakland County.
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it took like years for the one in TC to open, I think they are opening sooon too, even tho I wish it would be a bws
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the way I understand it, was Hooters made a deal with the city councle that they would fix up the new location (it was an eye sore) and tone down their outside signage in return for being able to transfer their licence from the old location to the new one and agreed to close the old location - so Hooters put $1million into the new building and then the city 'changed their mind' - so Hooters then decided to keep both open - we went to the new location one day, its not like its in some fancy neighborhood, its in the middle of McDonalds, car washes and strip malls.....
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I thought that it was the old location on John R that they wanted "toned down" since it was a lot closer to a residential area.
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no, if the city had kept their agreement, the old (John R) location would have been closed.
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Judge stays Hooters' lawsuit against Troy

Catherine Jun / The Detroit News

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DETROIT -- A federal court judge this afternoon stayed Hooters' lawsuit against the city of Troy over its liquor license for their new restaurant on Big Beaver, saying he will await the outcome of a similar suit currently pending in the state courts.

Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. made the decision orally from the courtroom bench at the Federal District Court in Detroit.

Hooters of America Inc. filed the lawsuit against the city in November, arguing that Troy City Council's denial of the new restaurant's liquor license was a violation of constitutional rights, including freedom of expression. The company is also seeking $1 million in damages from the city.

In June, city council members voted 4-3 to deny the license transfer from the Wagon Wheel restaurant previously located at Big Beaver and Rochester, some saying that the restaurant is not appropriate for the family friendly business Big Beaver corridor.

Hooters sought intervention from the Oakland County Circuit Court last year; Judge John E. MacDonald denied their request. The company appealed the decision and is awaiting a court date.

In January, Hooters of America Inc. opened its second location in Troy sans alcohol on the well-traveled corridor -- a salvo against city officials after they turned down a negotiated settlement over the restaurant's license. Hooters wanted to move its restaurant from John R, but when city leaders balked, the chain opted to operate both stores simultaneously.

You can reach Catherine Jun at (248) 647-7429 or cjun@detnews.com.
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