Hooters might still be coming to Newcastle, despite being refused a licence to operate back in March.
The controversial bar and restaurant chain had planned to open up an outlet in Unit B at the City Quadrant development on Westmorland Road. However, their application was rejected Newcastle City Council’s planning committee. The proposed opening of a venue by the American chain, which is famous around the world for its scantily-clad waitresses, divided opinion on Tyneside with many people objecting to the application – including Northumbria police, who were concerned about the prospect of increased crime and disorder in the city centre if the plans went ahead.
The company has confirmed that they are appealing against the decision by the council – so Hooters could still yet arrive in the city.
Mark James, General Manager at Hooters UK, suggested back in March that an appeal could happen, following the decision by council officials,
We will wait for the planning report before deciding on an appeal. It’s 50/50. It may not be dead in the water. We are still very disappointed that such a vibrant city as Newcastle did not embrace an international brand like this.
At the time he made a joke about Sunderland being an alternative destination for a North-East Hooters if the idea was not welcome North of the Tyne – but it appears that the company still has its heart set on Newcastle.
‘Waitresses can be sacked for getting fat’
A Daily Mail article in 2010 written by Liz Jones gave readers an in-depth look into the Nottingham Hooters. Liz referred to her experience in the restaurant as ‘probably the worst Friday night of her life’, criticising the food but mainly objecting to the use of beautiful women as ‘sex objects’ to sell food and drink.
The reporter also refers to an instance in the USA where two employees were allegedly sacked by Hooters for gaining weight, although there has been no record of such thing ever happening in a UK branch.