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Hooter’s to open in late June in downtown Fort Worth

A Hooter’s restaurant may be headed to downtown Fort Worth if the Downtown Design Review Board approves plans for an outdoor patio for the site at 150 Throckmorton St.

Spire Realty Group of Dallas owns the building, which was formerly part of the Tandy Center complex. At one time, a Chop House Burgers and a Wild Salsa bar were planned for that location.

The Downtown Design Review Board will hear the request for a “Request a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct an outdoor patio, an architectural entrance feature,” according to the board agenda. GHA Architecture of Dallas is listed as one of the applicants on the project.

Please attribute the following quote to Mark Whittle, senior vice president of global development at Hooters of America:

“Hooters plans to open a brand new location in downtown Fort Worth in late June 2016,” said Mark Whittle, senior vice president of global development at Hooters of America in an email. “We’re pleased to provide Fort Worth with a fresh new prototype restaurant from more comfortable seating with revamped high back chairs and booths to sleek finishes and top-of-the-line AV packages designed to enhance the guest dining experience from the moment they walk through the doors. The location will also feature a centrally located bar area, offering a wider selection of cocktails and 40 draft handles, including numerous craft beers.”

Atlanta-based Hooters of America LLC, owns or franchises more than 420 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. The restaurant is known for its chicken wings and the skimpy attire of its waitresses, known as Hooter’s Girls.

Hooter’s officials could not be reached for comment at press time. 

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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