This letter is for all of those people who wondered if they were losing their mind because they got that the name "Hooters" didn't just refer to our avian friends.
According to their own Web site, Hooters was the brainchild of six men tired of "fern bars" in the '80s. (Can't blame them!) To paraphrase the site, "the founders ... always insisted the name referred to the owl in the logo, but they did so tongue-in-cheek, and it was a claim that few people accepted." No kidding. Michael McNeil, the 1995 vice president of marketing for Hooters, once stated, "Obviously the name is a double entendre." He went on to explain to everyone that the name "is an innocuous slang expression for a part of the female anatomy. We don't deny that."
So, for those of you who have wondered, when friends passionately argued that it is just a restaurant, this letter is for you. Of course the name of the restaurant has nothing to do with owls and everyone, even the founders, knows it.
ANN MARIE MANGINI
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