With this new establishment in Florida, Hoots now takes its total presence to three locations, with the other two in Illinois.
We've all frequented Hooters when we've craved for some delish wings, chilled beer, and possibly to catch up on some sports action from the latest NBA or MLB action. Now, get ready to walk into Hoots, a new fast-casual wing joint that calls itself “a little bit Hooters, a little bit its own thing". The new eatery brought to you by Hooters in opening for the public in downtown St. Petersburg - the first from the chain in Florida and it's located at 201 1st Ave. N. Unlike its parent firm, the new concept comes with a small twist of its own wherein the servers are no longer female clad in pantyhose but are instead both male and female dressed in sport khakis and orange shirts. Will LeBas, Director of Development and Operations at Hoots, said. “We are glad to finally open. We are looking forward to being a part of the St. Pete community. We will be following all the new mandates at 25% occupancy and offering to go, counter service and delivery."
The new outlet is a 1,000 square-foot space which also includes outdoor seating. Besides the onsite service, the joint also offers the full menu on most delivery apps, and also provides takeout. With this new establishment, Hoots now takes its total presence to three locations, with the other two in Illinois. The outlet was planned last year and crews were busy working on the space throughout the winter months to be ready to debut in the spring. Some of the eye-catching items on the menu feature steamed shrimp, grilled chicken, chicken tenders, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, tater tots, fried pickles, and many more. Hoots has also brought in a total of 10 signature sauces including 911, Daytona Beach, Chef Prudhomme's Blackhead Rub, and Lemon Pepper among others.
The store has also brought in a brand new Party Pack option which allows you to order a 30-piece, 50-piece, or a 100-piece package with buffalo shrimps as an add on. "We may be primarily known as a wing joint, but we're not just another chicken restaurant," said the description of the joint on its official site. "Sure, our wings are forever fresh (that's right, never frozen). But our jumbo tenders are hand-breaded and perfect to dip in any of our signature sauces. Our plump buffalo shrimp and juicy snow crab legs aren't something you'll find across the street. And we haven't even mentioned our chicken sandwiches yet (hint: they're huge)."
"We're a bit quirky, a smidge unique, a little different. 100% delicious," Hoots said in its trademark style. However, it remains to be seen how the new outlet will cope with the Coronavirus lockdown. In the meantime, the parent firm, Hooters was involved in some great community work last week as the Hooters in Louisiana chose to donate over 300 meals to healthcare workers at five different Covid-19 testing sites: Our Lady of the Lake O’Donovan, Our Lady of the Lake LSU North, Concerned Care Hospice and Home Health Care, and St. James Hospital.
Talking about the effort, Director of Marketing Holly Simon, Hooters of Louisiana, said: “We want to show our appreciation and give a huge thank you to all of the frontline healthcare workers for always putting their community first." In the midst of this crisis, Hooters is also offering 20% off on takeout food orders for military, first responders, all hospital workers, and truckers. The only requirement is for the customers to call in and order first and then present necessary identification details when picking up food to avail the discount.