So far, Coney Island would welcome a Hooters on Surf Avenue

What a Hoot(ers)! Beer and babes emporium may open in Coney

Brooklyn Daily

Two national restaurant chains will be opening in Coney Island next year, and a real estate insider hinted that one could be a Hooters.

The owner of a vacant Surf Avenue lot next to the Stillwell Avenue station will erect a two-story building that broker Joe Vitacco said will house two popular restaurant chains.

Vitacco refused to name the eatery that he claims has already leased the first floor, but wouldn’t stop singing the praises of the “delightfully tacky yet unrefined” beer-and-babes chain.

“Hooters is an ideal fit for Coney Island,” Vitacco said. “It’s a sure winner: you’ve got the stadium there, you’ve got the beach, you’ve got the amusement park. They would get tons of customers.”

Hooters, famous for its chicken wings — among other things — has restaurants in Manhattan and Queens, but have yet to venture into the Borough of Churches.

A Hooters spokesman said the restaurant chain currently has no plans to open in Brooklyn, but supported the idea of opening up a borough franchise in the near future, and encouraged us to check back with him in January for an update.

“I am sure we will have a location in Brooklyn at some point,” said Jim Mallam, the restaurant chain’s director of franchise support.

This is not the first time that the controversial chain, which features waitresses in skin-tight short-shorts and form-fitting white tank tops, has considered Brooklyn.

Park Slope parents protested Hooters’s attempt to lease a property near the still-under-construction Barclays Center in May, but Coney Island business owners say that the Atanta-based “restaurant” could work in Coney Island, which has hosted countless burlesque shows and the annual Mermaid Parade — where thongs and pasties are part of the traditional costume.

“I wouldn’t be a regular, but I’d go there and eat some wings,” said Sideshow by the Seashore and Mermaid Parade founder Dick Zigun. “I’m looking to turn Surf Avenue into a late-night eating and drinking strip, and a Hooters would help with that.”

Others said a Hooters would be a logical fit for the neighborhood’s gritty, honky-tonk feel.

“It’s kind of perfect — you can go around the corner and see a burlesque show, and then you can go to Hooters and have a different kind of experience,” said Dianna “Lola Star” Carlin, owner of the eponymous Boardwalk boutique.

But not everybody was happy to see a chain restaurant open in Coney Island — even one as bawdy as a Hooters.

“They’re going to get rid of all the small businesses and make it all corporate,” said Steve Petrelli, manager at Cha Cha’s Surf Bar and Pizzeria on Surf Avenue. “It’s going to be the new Times Square.”

Vitacco said the second floor restaurant will be more than 20 feet above Surf Avenue and have an outdoor patio with a panoramic view of Luna Park, the Boardwalk, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Reader Feedback

sebreezin2 says:
this would be a great place to enjoy some hot wings and cold beer i can see this doing great in coney island.
Aug. 20, 2012, 4:29 pm
friend of clark kent from metropolis says:
How is this a story? You have nothing solid that hooters is even coming to the area.
Aug. 20, 2012, 7:27 pm
John from Westminster Road says:
"It's gonna be the new Times Square." And the bad thing would be?
Coney Island could benefit from more titilation, don't you think Steve?
Aug. 21, 2012, 12:38 am
Jane from Bensonhurst says:
Sounds foul
Aug. 21, 2012, 6:14 am
Carl from Coney says:
Marty M must be so proud! His vision of the New Coney Island is finally coming to pass!

Now let's get the gambling going, and find some upscale private clubs for heroin and prostitution! What a lovely dream, and like all of Marty's dreams, it's all for the kids futures!
Aug. 22, 2012, 2:32 pm
Glenn from Brighton beach says:
I second Carl's comments....
Aug. 22, 2012, 9:17 pm
Meg from Crown Heights says:
“They’re going to get rid of all the small businesses and make it all corporate,” said Steve Petrelli

Because of course, Nathan's is your typical Mom-and-Pop small biz.
Aug. 23, 2012, 4:04 pm
michael pam from Sheepshead Bay says:
Hooters would be good for Brooklyn.
I would be there in a heart beat.
Aug. 23, 2012, 11:58 pm
jonny BK from KONY ISLAND says:
Steve P. its not Hooters you should be worried about, its your food and low life patrons you serve that are gonna put you out of business.
Aug. 30, 2012, 5:49 pm

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