A new-style Hooters will open in late fall on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. The restaurant reflects a new prototype introduced in 2013 with a more modern, minimal atmosphere, including more open space.
The Hooters is going next-door to the Flying Saucer on the Lake, a prime piece of real estate with a lakefront view.
Hooters senior VP Mark Whittle says that while the new prototype reflects an upgrade in atmosphere, the service mode will remain the same.
"Hooters is pleased to bring Texans a brand-new location to enjoy our delicious wings, burgers, seafood, and world-famous Hooters Girls hospitality," he says. "We can't wait to serve up customers with the new Hooters prototype restaurant, which includes casual comfort seating, fun and sleek finishes, and top-of-the-line AV for sports viewing."
This branch will inject extras to capitalize on the outdoor space.
"The new restaurant on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard will also include two large bars, featuring 40 draft handles and a wide assortment of craft beers and cocktails," he says. "One bar is for our inside guests, and there is a second to service the extra-large patio fronting Lake Ray Hubbard, which will have seating for over 120 guests."
The new prototype has high ceilings, bigger windows, and more open space. The company debuted the new look in Slidell, Louisiana, which also boats a 165-inch video wall, a quartet of 70-inch TVs, and 55 TVs mounted throughout.
An application was also made for a Hooters in downtown Fort Worth, in the City Place complex on Throckmorton Street; the chain is eyeing One City Place, one of the three buildings being developed in the former Tandy Center, the headquarters of RadioShack from 1976 until it closed in 2005. The building sat vacant until it was purchased by Spire Realty in 2011.
A Hooters spokeswoman said she could not confirm the Fort Worth location.
Two other restaurants have previously been reported going into the complex in Fort Worth: a second location of Wild Salsa, the downtown Dallas Mexican restaurant, and its burger sibling, Chop House Burger. Both come from the same restaurant group, DRG Concepts, and are still under construction.