FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Hooters wants to put a new restaurant on the corner of Second Street and Throckmorton next to Sundance Square. The restaurant says it’s a great location with lots of traffic but many people who live and work nearby just imagine what the restaurant might bring.READ MORE: Family Of 'Kind, Loving' Man Shot By Stray Bullet Into Apartment, Struggling With Senseless Death
“Probably loud music,” said Amy Parten who works downtown. “Maybe after hours drinking.”
Many of the people who live and work downtown worry about the impact of a Hooters at the location nestled next to an upscale Italian restaurant across the street from The Worthington Hotel. The restaurant would have an outdoor patio and stay open late.
“It would be like having a party next door,” Parten said of the people who live in the area.
“We are actually great neighbors,” Hooters Chief Legal Officer Claudia Levitas told a full state hearing room. “You would love to have us as your neighbors.”
Hooters representatives defended their restaurants in front of the judge who will grant or deny their liquor license.
“These are not girls that anybody should be embarrassed to be around,” Levitas said pointing to a gallery of orange, sweat suit wearing Hooters girls lining the meeting room. “Many of them are in college or they graduated college.”READ MORE: Dallas Cowboys Reach Multi-Year Deal With Star Quarterback Dak Prescott
Hooters argues that they are a family friendly restaurant in an area of town that needs family accessible eateries.
“We were down there for Santa Claus and the Christmas parade and there was no where to go that wasn’t 21 and up or restaurants that were kid-friendly,” said Nicole Hollingsworth, a six year Hooters employee. “It would’ve been so nice to be able to walk into a Hooters where you’re welcome when you have kids and they can run around and be themselves.”
“I felt that it was important that I attend the hearing today to give a voice to our citizens’ concerns,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price told the judge hearing the application testimony.
Price came by to let the judge know hundreds of people have contacted her office to oppose the location.
“It took me by a bit of surprise,” she said after her testimony. “We normally don’t really have that much. But I suppose it’s partly because of the density of the people living downtown has grown so dramatically in the past couple of years.”
The city wouldn’t be able to stop the restaurant. It has met all city zoning requirements. The judge will decide about the liquor license in the next few weeks.MORE NEWS: Police Seek Help Identifying Man Found In Trinity River By Irving Golf Course
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