Hooters applies for Newcastle city centre late licence

The controversial bar and restaurant chain could open in premises at the City Quadrant on Westmorland Road

Neil Pugh Hooters

A controversial chain of restaurants could open a Newcastle venue if a licence application is approved by Newcastle City Council.

Hooters, the US chain of sports bars notable for its scantily dressed female workforce, has applied for a Late Night Refreshment Licence until 1.30am, Monday to Saturday, at a city centre premises.

The application relates to Unit B at the City Quadrant development on Westmorland Road, what was furniture showroom Aura.

Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, the international Hooters franchise has only one UK branch, in Nottingham.

The idea was launched by six businessmen in Florida in 1983, and has gone on to operate 430 venues across 28 countries.

Under a section of their website entitled “The Hooters Girl”, the brand describes its workers as “much more than just a pretty face.”

One TripAdvisor reviewer recently described the Nottingham branch as having “great atmosphere”, writing: “Hooters is a great sports bar american diner the food is good and great value...exceptionally good service from the girls that serve you, drinks are cold, loads of TVs, it does the job. Don’t go expecting a candlelit dinner, go for what you know its for.”

Another reviewer wrote: “Having been to a few Hooters in the states I was interested to see what our version would be like.

“It didn’t disappoint - not quite the family atmosphere you get over the pond but still a very mixed and very good crowd in there.”


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