Is Hooters really coming to Malaysia?
Hooters.Inc, the renowned ‘breastaurant’ is planning on expanding its chain in Southeast Asia by opening 30 more outlets in the span of 6 years which will include Malaysia as well, Business Wire reports.
Apart from Malaysia, Hooters has set sights on other Southeast Asia countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as Hong Kong and Macau.
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Hooters first overseas location was in Singapore in December 1996 and is one of the three largest Hooters restaurants along with Tokyo and São Paulo.
|Hooters in Singapore. (Photo source: Hooters Singapore FB)|
Currently, Hooters restaurant has chains in only three Southeast Asian countries; Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.
|Hooters in Philippines. (Photo source: Hooters Philippines FB)|
|Hooters in Phuket, Thailand. (Photo source: hotelroomsphuket.com)|
Gary Murray, CEO of Destination Resorts Co said;
“The moment the doors opened to Hooters Phuket we realized the tremendous opportunity to greatly broaden our efforts to develop the Hooters brand across Asia. We pride ourselves on introducing fresh, exciting concepts to our guests, and the unparalleled Hooters dining experience fits that profile”The name ‘Hooters’ have double meanings; the restaurant’s logo which is an owl who is known for its ‘hooting’ sounds, as well as the American slang term for human breasts which explains why the waitresses at this ‘breastaurant’ are primarily voluptuous young women known as ‘Hooter girls’.
|Japanese Hooter girls. (Photo source: japanitup.com)|
The restaurant mostly serves western food such as hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood as well as the Hooters’ specialty chicken wings. Also, almost all Hooters restaurants serve beer and wine as they have alcoholic beverage licenses.
|The food looks delicious! (Photo source: gannett-cdn.com)|
|These girls sure have beautiful smiles! (Photo source: mnstatic.com)|
This may come as good news in other Southeast Asia countries but it may not be so easy in Malaysia if it ignites sensitive religious-related debates here.
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