Get Ready for a New Hooters!

Hooters of America plans makeovers for its 400 U.S. restaurants. Local Hooters guests can look forward to enhanced seat padding and maybe video gambling.

Hooters of Oak Lawn guests will soon be able to dine and dash and abuse staff (allegedly) in a classier and more refined Hooters environment.

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The 30-year-old restaurant chain best known for its spicy wings and Hooters girls will bust out its new look over the next five years at its 400 U.S. restaurants, Time Business and Money reported.

The new design is expected to attract more wives and girlfriends to the formerly delightfully tacky man caves, although the current Hooters of Oak Lawn doesn’t seem to have any problems luring in the gentler sex.

Hooters of America, LLC unveiled its fresh, completely remodeled look at its Hooters of Kirby restaurant location in Houston, TX, earlier this month.

The new look features sleek and contemporary finishes and a more comfortable dining experience. The Hooters of Kirby is expected to serve as a prototype for future Hooters locations, the company said in a news release.

“Hooters is exceptionally proud to reveal this design concept, reinvigorating the look and feel of our traditional restaurants without losing the essence of our iconic brand that the world has loved for 30 years,” said Dave Henninger, chief marketing officer, Hooters of America. “Hooters is turning 30 this year, so it seems only fitting to refresh and modernize our restaurants during this milestone anniversary.”

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Based on initial feedback, local customers were celebrating the Kirby remodel as the ideal environment to “kick back and relax after work, get together to watch their favorite sports teams and enjoy a delicious meal with their family,” Henninger said.

Hooters of Oak Lawn guests can look forward to a more centrally located and prominently placed bar, complemented with swiveled bar stools for ease and comfort.

The more comfortable stool swiveling is sure to afford guests with a less neck-straining view of Hooters of Oak Lawn guests will also enjoy new booth seating and high-back chairs at all tables with enhanced seat size and added padding.

Off-duty Oak Lawn police officers moonlighting as security guards can appreciate the light colored face brick, painted ductwork and cypress wood walls.

The variety of design elements coupled with the new video gaming machines that Hooters has applied for are destined to keep Hooters guests comfortably seated for hours enjoying Hooters world-famous wings and catching a game on many large, high-definition televisions, except if there is a line of guests waiting to get into the restaurant.

It’s not known exactly when the Midwest Hooters locations will get their makeovers. Numerous calls and emails to Hooters’ public relations firm, Largemouth Communications, were not returned.

Do you think the new Hooters makeover will be good for Oak Lawn? Tell us in the comments.

OakLawnGuy January 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM
So, you don't think this will help clean up the OL Hooters? ;-)
ME January 28, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Hooters needs to go. What is that place showing the young girls? Only how to be BAD! Terrible. They all should close.
Julie January 28, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Ooohh absolutely - that will class things up around here. While we're at it, let's upgrade the Chucky Cheese to add a "guns or no guns" seating area and perhaps add a Joe's Crab Shack to Oak Lawn? I say more high end stores and shops. What happened to those grandiose plans for downtown Oak Lawn? Lou 'a and Stacked are the two best things....
Kelly January 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I'm with you, Julie. What has happened to our area? We'll NEVER get any decent stores when we continue to open up more Video Gambling centers.....I'm getting disheartened about all the nastiness that keeps creeping up in our Village....
Dm January 28, 2013 at 03:49 PM
@tmarc75- you don't have to put The OL Hooters as far away as Harlem NY, you can put the Hoosiers about 2 miles east of OL
Eddy E January 28, 2013 at 03:58 PM
You can remodel hooters every year but you can stop the thugs n shitty people that visit it! I live 10 blocks away & I'd rather drive to there Orland or Lombard location. They should get rid on the stores on 95th & Pulaski in the Kmart lot, turn it into a park. 95th & Civero shopping center is looking better. There so concentrated on 111th & Cicero they should repair the existing centers
Glen Kato January 28, 2013 at 04:28 PM
A bigger and better Hooters - there must be a joke in there somewhere.
CJM January 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM
If you all think that Hooters "perfume on a pig" remodel will "class up" Oak Lawn, you're all a bunch of boobs. (PadummChissh. Tip Jar Here) Seriously though, I love Oak Lawn. I was back for a family funeral this past summer and thought the downtown area by the train station looked great. The edges of town, however, look like they are starting to experience the same kind of negative changes that plagued most of the South Side of the city. I hope OL can right the ship before it sinks.
George Pickett January 28, 2013 at 05:21 PM
It's already sinking! Section 8's and more police cars driving around especiallsouth of 103rd.
CJM January 28, 2013 at 05:29 PM
It's a shame. We'll be coming back to Chicago in 2014 and were seriously considering Oak Lawn instead of the North Side of the city, but I'm about 97% sure that OL is no longer in the running. I'll always remember the village as a GREAT place to grow up. Times change. Life happens.
George Pickett January 28, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I really hope that the mayor reads some of the comments.. Same for the otrhe elected officials in Oak Lawn. They might actually learn something!
OakLawnGuy January 28, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Send them an e mail. Most of them read, and several respond.
Tyler Durden January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Everyone needs to quit freaking crying and move!!!! We are bordering Chicago,what do you expect?! Protect your family, look out for your neighbors,call OLPD if you see something you don't like. Move out to New Lenox and pay 2x in tax. You'll get about 10 years or so before Chicago overflow make it out there.
Pat F January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
You can only right the ship if those in charge of the town stop trying to be 100% "politically correct" and step up to the problems at hand..Charging these troublesome businesses for police assistance time after time would certainly cause the owners to beef up their security! When the money comes out of the owners pockets, it automatically is a different story...With increased security presence hopefully the troublemakers will move on down the road..Hopefully back to their "hood." There's no reason we should have to travel 10 miles south to go to the same businesses we have right here in OUR town.. The same place we live, pay taxes, abide by the law, and try to bring up our families in the correct environment. If these visitors choose to behave outside these guidelines, they should build their own businesses to patronize. This isn't a lot to ask.. We welcome everyone who behaves in a safe and normal way to keep the Oak Lawn area a great place to live with our families!!
Aj January 28, 2013 at 06:36 PM
^^^^YEP!!! When the guests start costing the owners money, things will change!
Thomas Garrett January 28, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I worked next door for some years and ate their food, as did we all, occasionally. It was very good (check the price). I also dated a waitress from the downtown Hooters after it first opened. She had good things to say about the guests, coworkers and managers. So far, so good. I remember going there (O.L.) a few months ago to grab some wings. It was about 10pm on the weekend. There was no place left to park, so I went to the wing place at Ridge Mall. The waitresses are not sleazy; their uniforms are simply suggestive (gymShoes, hose, shorts and T-shirts), similar to a TV excercise outfit. Trust this: my X and her teammates weren't all buxom. The fact, that they are in shape, may be the real issue to objecting women. Ladies, better not let your men go to the gym ;-( Anyway, Oak Lawn will benefit by more sales tax and maybe the surrounding businesses get some eventual patronage. As long as it's safe and sound on the weekends (there's a bar like everywhere else), we'll all win in Oak Lawn. They need MORE PARKING. I saw somebody on the village meetings talking about buying lot property nextdoor. I hope that solves it.
Dave W. January 28, 2013 at 08:24 PM
George Pickett...not to pretend that nothing at all is wrong with Oak Lawn, but there are very few, if any, Section 8 rentals in Oak Lawn, or even most of the suburbs in general...the market for renters is really good from a landlord standpoint, and the suburban demand is quite high.not a comment on who may or may not be moving into the area, but just to set straight the fact that Section 8 (and the accompanying stigma) are not in anyway more than the tiniest percentage of rentals. I had two clients as rentals last year in Oak Lawn and in both cases they paid over $1850 a month, with significant security. Our town is very desirable. The schools are sought after, especially the elementary schools. To CJM, I would say to do your homework about the area. Check the crime rates and school scores (even if you do not have kids). I talk to locals everyday, and the few vocal people on this board are NOT representative of the town as a whole. We have issues, of course, but not really any more than if you go on Tinley Patch, or Orland Patch, or pick your place...Of course the town could be better, but it could be much worse. The goal is to get good people (presumably like yourself) to move in, keep the property up, keep the values up, etc... This is
Dave W. January 28, 2013 at 08:29 PM
The only quibble I would have with your comment, Pat F, is that they aren't being politically correct, they are being capitalistically correct. It is all about keeping those businesses happy, especially franchises. If they thought they could get away with being a 'profile' town, they might (and applauded by way too many, I'm afraid), but not if it costs them tax receipts. That and if they stopped worrying about personal agendas would probably help a bit too.
Luther January 28, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Nothing will be done to any "Chain" business in the city. Hooters, Chuck-E- Cheese and all the rest have lots of money and lawyers to keep them right where they are. Oak Lawn officials are only good at driving out and bullying small Mom and Pop businesses. (I don't count Brunswick because they were in negotiations to sell the bowling alley back to the original owneers when the City decided to get tough.)
Jose Madrigal January 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I live in Oak lawn and I eat at Hooters, just not at the Oak lawn location. Basically, because it is not a family-friendly location like most of the other surrounding area locations.
Steve T. January 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Great, fix up Hooters, so the ignorant scumbags can turn it back into a low life scum hole. I dare anyone to stop in there on a Saturday night at 10pm- let me know if you feel sale even though there are Off Duty Oak Lawn police officers working to keep the restaurant safe and stop low lives from dining and dashing. I'll head out to Orland where off duty are not needed to watch people eat wings and have a beer. And for Tyler Durden, I happily live in Mokena, where I can eat at BBW and not have a security guard standing at the front door. I have no problem paying an extra $2000 in taxes to eat in many restaurants that DON'T require police officers to stand guard.
Daytona Beach January 29, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Why are there no HOOTERS in the GETTO? Plenty of other chicken joints. Even McD's is starting to sell wings. Seems like millions to be made, even after paying off duty armed COPS to protect the innocent. Just saying!
tmarc75 January 29, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Apparently i am not allowed to comment as saying something as harmless as that was deleted. What a joke.
tmarc75 January 29, 2013 at 03:09 PM
@ Dave W. -- I must be one of the lucky few to have a section 8 rental house on my block. I think there are far more than you realize in the village.


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