Feb 10th 2010 By Brian Fairbanks
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Hooters is up for sale for
The Atlanta-based chain, which does $1 billion in sales every year just by having waitresses in hot pants, has struggled in the face of the new American economy, in which guys are taking their families to The Olive Garden
and other family-friendly chains.
Hooters' fortunes also haven't been helped by market saturation caused by knockoffs
like Mugs 'N Jugs (no, we're not making that one up) or the so-obviously-a-trademark-infringement-suit-waiting-to-happen Knockers.
Then there's that whole series of stupid business decisions ...
1. The upcoming episode of "Undercover Boss
" supposedly features the Hooters CEO discovering that a local chain's manager is force-feeding waitresses
to see who gets to go home early and who has to stay. Yeah, we don't understand it ourselves -- except for it being just the latest in a long line of creepy stories of managers unable to resist the temptation dangling in front of their faces every day.
2. Remember Hooters Air? It's OK, no one does. The airline was part of the company's attempt to sell the whole Hooters lifestyle
to gents. But those gents understandably approached it, noses pinched, like they would a garbage heap in sub-Saharan Africa or a vacation at Euro Disney.
3. They've been bogged down by lawsuits
for years. Here's a mere sampling: an $11 million settlement in 2001 for sending harassing ad-faxes to other businesses; allegations that one restaurant secretly videotaped job applicants in a changing room; a sexual harassment suit from dudes who were denied the right to be Hooters, um, Girls
; and an ill-advised campaign to discredit its detractors
, protesting that if Hooters goes under, pretty soon we'll have to witness hairy dudes as Rockettes and in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Maybe we should start pooling our money?