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'Historic' Hooters Now Open in Florida

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If there’s one thing loyal patrons of the Hooters restaurant franchise appreciate more than hot wings and wide-eyed owl mascots, it’s history. And so, in catering to the interests of its yesteryear-loving clientele, the “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined” chain has taken a page out of the National Register of Historic Places manual with a full scale preservation of its “historic” first location -- aside from the minor detail that the revamped version bears very little likeness to the original structure.

“Truth be told, it's more than just a rejuvenation, said a Hooters press release. “It's a total makeover... A new inside/outside bar. New patio. A friggin' Hooters museum. We'll say this: It's going to be quite an experience.”

Over the last 11 weeks, Hooters Management Corp. gutted all but 20% of the original property and added thousands of square feet of space and 35 HD-flat screen TVs. It reopened for business on Monday.

It was during that bygone era of the early 1980s when the two-story ramshackle building on 2800 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida first opened its doors. What would one day become an American culinary and cultural institution was almost converted into a giant walk-in dumpster had Wells Brothers Disposal won that fateful bidding war.

Imagine, Hooters almost turning into a venue for trash!

Patrons can read about stories like this gripper in the “MuSEEum” where they’re also able to peruse artifacts and memorabilia from the restaurants’ celebrated history. Behind glass cases they’ll find a chicken costume worn by the founders to drive in business, the original brown waitress uniform, and postcards from the Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.

Looks like the Smithsonian just met its competition. And its cafeteria doesn’t even have chicken wings!
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