UK Balks at Hooters' Expansion

Opponents say chain will encourage broader sex industry
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 7:21 PM CDT
Chinese waitresses dressed in orange shorts and t-shirts cheers while welcoming the arriving guests at the Hooters restaurant in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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(Newser) – Some Britons are choking on Hooters' plan to serve up another 35 locations in the UK, the Guardian reports. Britain has one so far, but feminists are already accusing the chain of importing misogyny and sexist entertainment with its chicken wings. "Without the sexualised waiters and the soft porn and sport on display, what would men go for?" one asked. "They can get better and cheaper chicken wings in KFC."

Battling a proposed Hooters in Sheffield, she says the chain starts a domino effect: England's one Hooters, in Nottingham, is a bachelor party hot spot that boosts business for nearby strip clubs. "Hooters is and intends to be more like a lap-dance club than a family restaurant," she said.