It’s a match made in heaven, or someplace like that. Hooters,
the restaurant made world famous by well-endowed young women
catering to the beer-swilling set, has opened a casino/hotel in Las
Vegas, the city made famous by exposing women’s, well you know.
Hooters Casino Hotel opened Feb. 2 with countless big-breasted
young women in small T-shirts serving the restaurant chain’s
well-known chicken wings and lots of beer. Hooters Calendar Girls
signed autographs, and at least three bands played in different
venues. To say the place was rockin’ is an understatement.
The old San Remo, just east of the Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana
Avenue, has been completely renovated in a “Hooters” motif with
open industrial ceilings and cedar flooring. A casual beach theme
is carried out, with palm trees painted on the sides of the old
hotel tower. Even the 696 guest-rooms have received the Hooters
treatment, with cedar headboards and armoires, and a high-top
cocktail table and barstools instead of a dinette. The remodeling
job has completely eliminated all evidence of the fading old San
Remo on the inside. Clients who have been there often won’t
recognize the place.
For a small hotel (by Las Vegas standards) Hooters is packed
with dining and entertainment options. Of course, there is a
Hooters Restaurant (the only one in the world with a full bar) but
there is also The Dam Restaurant, named in honor of Hoover Dam and
a sushi bar called The Bait Shoppe. Located next door but not
attached to the casino is Dan Marino’s Fine Food and Spirits, an
up-scale but casual steak and seafood restaurant.
There are several bars and lounges, including Porch Dogs, an
indoor/outdoor venue out back by the pool with highly interactive
dueling guitar and piano acts that often bring customers to the
microphone to help lead the singing.
When warm weather comes, which should be any minute now in Las
Vegas, a poolside bar will open featuring reggae music and Jimmy
Buffett sing-alongs and, if you can imagine it, Hooters Girls in
bikinis. Now that’s entertainment.
The casino is a complete one with all the games, including a
race and sports book and a three-table poker room. Some of the 200
young women employed as Hooters Girls also serve as dealers.
There’s even a “Hooters Calendar Girl Party Pit” in the casino and
the calendar girl for each month is scheduled to make a personal
Clients might be surprised to find a health club and spa at
Hooters but not so surprised to hear it’s called S.A.S.S. (Salon
and Spa Services). S.A.S.S. offers facials, massages, manicures,
pedicures and hair services. Hooters Health Club features
state-of-the-art exercise equipment, many with individual
Average room rates at Hooters Casino Hotel are around $110 per
night and top dinner checks run $45. The resort’s more than 200
Hooters Girls add to the atmosphere at no extra charge.
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