Hooters, the Tilted Kilt, The Wild Beaver Saloon and Now Twin Peaks – Which Has Sparked A Lawsuit – Are Popping Out All Over the USA
First, there was Hooter’s.
What a name, what a concept! Two guys from Florida came up with it years ago, found hot girls (all they had to do in the Tampa/St. Pete area was step outside the door or go to neighboring Clearwater Beach for inspiration) put them in tank tops and short orange shorts and created a brand that has expanded into hundreds of restaurants nationwide and tens of thousands of men’s imaginations.
The Bar Blogger himself was so smitten with a waitress in Orlando that I darned near missed a flight. It was so close, I pulled my rental car up to the Delta Skycap, tossed him the keys and a $5 bill, lifted the hood and called the rental car company to tell them it had engine trouble and where they could find it, and sprinted to the gate as they were shutting the door.
Had I missed that flight, I simply would have gone back to that Hooter’s.
While there were individual bars with similar themes across the country, Hooter’s was the first to create a national chain based on this concept. The fact they put up TVs and served something resembling food was good enough to make it a sensation. I even have a friend who was told by his boss he was turning in too many Hooter receipts on work trips. He went there for lunch and dinner.
Of course, such success spawns other similar chains, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The hottest of these is one called the Tilted Kilt, which features incredibly girls in short kilts, stockings and low-buttoned white shirts over a bikini top, often tied just below the bosom. The restaurants are bigger, a touch upscale as compared to Hooter’s, and with better food.
They are hardly everywhere like Hooter’s, but if you are in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, there’s little argument about which place is better.
Meanwhile, a forward-thinking gentleman who made a fortune on a cling-free device you throw in the dryer (it’s some kind of sponge sold in places like Walgreens from coast to coast) has opened a small chain of establishments called the Wild Beaver Saloon. There are two in his home base of Indianapolis.
An interesting side note here is that he attempted to open one in Lexington, KY, but the bible thumpers complained about the name, so he called it the Wild Cat. Can you believe there was no bar named the Wild Cat in the town that has the University of Kentucky Wildcats!?
And now, there’s a new boob bar on the mountainous landscape. This one is called Twin Peaks. And, according to TMZ.com, Hooter’s is suing because it claims a Hooter’s executive pilfered business plan documents from the original and took them to the new place to implement.
It seems silly to me because I can give you a business plan (once you’ve got the financing) in three easy steps:
1.) Hire the hottest girls you can find, train them and pay them well enough to be motivated each and every day they get to work;
2.) Put in a bunch of TVs and show sports;
3.) Develop a menu that has good-quality food, not just fast, fried food that will actually bring in people to eat (well, that will be their initial excuse, anyway; plus you DO want to attract women patrons).
Anyone want to invest in series of Bar Blogger boob bars? We could call them The Bar Racks.