New Liverpool Hooters restaurant - misogynistic or harmless fun?

Plans to open a controversial Hooters restaurant has divided opinion with some city leaders vehemently opposed to the American chain setting up shop in Liverpool.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson blasted plans to open a Hooters in the city and described the American restaurant franchise as having “an infamous sexually objectifying and misogynistic environment.”

Labour councillor Maria Toolan launched an online petition opposing the controversial plans, insisting Hooters is “an archaic and chauvinistic brand”.

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But Liverpool Council’s licensing and gambling sub-committee has given the go-ahead to open a branch in the former Newz Bar premises in New Zealand House on Water Street.

The chain is well known Stateside for offering beer and bar food, often served by scantily-clad waitresses.

Hooters restaurant. Image: Anthony92931

It will be only the second Hooters location in the UK, after Nottingham first welcomed the chain more than 20 years ago.

But what do the people of Liverpool think? Is Hooters misogynistic, or, harmless fun?

‘If you don’t want to go, don’t go’

Les tells us what he thinks about the new Hooters

Les says: "We're all adults now, aren't we? If you don't want to go, don't go. If you do want to, go and have a good time. People complain about these things, yet they've never been to one, have they"

‘I don’t think there’s any need for scantily clad waitresses’

Pauline tells us what she thinks about the new Hooters

Pauline says: "I don't think there's any need for scantily clad waitresses, do you? I don't mind the chicken wings."

‘They’ll soon know whether they’re liked or not’

Norman tells us what he thinks about the new Hooters

Norman says: "Well, they'll know as soon as if they've been there a few weeks whether they're liked or not because they'll get told."