1st 25 guests at Abilene Hooters opening to receive free wings for year

Photo by Nick Bradshaw/KTXS News: Hooters restaurant plans to open its doors in northeast Abilene on Tuesday.

The first 25 guests in line when Hooters opens next week in northeast Abilene will receive free wings for a year.

The new location, which will be the restaurant chain’s 50th in Texas, will be located at Musgrave Boulevard and near Interstate 20 and Hwy 351.

The 5,770-square-foot structure will open for guests at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, according to a news release.

“We are experiencing great momentum in the state of Texas, between the Abilene opening and four additional locations currently in construction – in Cedar Hill, Baytown, West Houston and North Irving,” said Mark Whittle, chief development officer for Hooters of America.

“Our unique blend of craveable menu items along with our fun atmosphere makes Hooters a sports-viewing dining destination our fans can always rely on.”

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By Jamie Burch/KTXS News

Abilene Christian University is discouraging students from applying for a job at Hooters.

The restaurant chain known for wings and scantily clad ‘Hooters Girls’ is opening a new location on Jan. 15 near I-20 and Hwy 351, less than a mile and a half from the ACU campus.

ACU declined an on-camera interview. But in a written statement to KTXS, a spokesperson said "we have asked students to consider both what Hooters represents and whether that is something they really want to support in terms of both their faith and the value this business model places on women.”

The spokesperson also referred to the university handbook which challenges “students to make decisions that ultimately glorify God” whether on or off campus.

“If a student was in a position where the university felt they were not upholding the standards in the handbook, we’d address those issues with that student at that time,” the spokesperson said.

KTXS asked the spokesperson if a student could be expelled if they choose to work at Hooters. We also asked if a male student would face discipline if they chose to eat, drink beer or watch a game at Hooters.

"All situations would be handled case-by-case. That's the information I have for now," the spokesperson said.

There is no doubt that Hooters targets college students.

In a promotional video about Hooters Girls, which the chain refers to as American icons, one girl says “we have a really flexible schedule if you are in school.”

The video also touts that they offer tuition assistance.

“I love that my management works around my school schedule. Being able to come in to work every day and not stress about a test …. is a really great thing,” another Hooters Girl said.

KTXS reached out to Hooters for a response to ACU’s stance.

“Hooters is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and prioritizes a welcoming environment for all of our employees and guests" said Sarah Osment.

"Over the years, Hooters has raised funds for numerous philanthropic initiatives, including raising more than $4.7 million for breast cancer research, and has provided more than $3.1 million in tuition reimbursement to its employees."

"We look forward to serving the people of Abilene at our new location."

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