Hooters is the trade name of two privately held American restaurant chains: Hooters of America, Incorporated, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Hooters, Incorporated, based in Clearwater, Florida. Hooters was appropriately incorporated on April Fool’s Day, 1983. The Hooters name is a double entendre referring to both its logo, Hootie the Owl, as well as an American slang term for human breasts.
Hooters restaurants waiting staff are primarily voluptuous young women, usually referred to simply as "Hooters Girls." The first of which to be hired was Lynne Austin. The company also employs other males/females as cooks, hosts (at some franchises), busboys, and managers. The menu includes hamburgers and other sandwiches, steaks, seafood entrees, appetizers, and the restaurant's specialty, chicken wings. Almost all Hooters restaurants hold alcoholic beverage licenses to sell beer and wine, and, where local permits allow, a full liquor bar. Other offerings for sale include Hooters T-shirts, sweatshirts, and various souvenirs.
Between company-owned locations and franchises, there are now more than 460 Hooters throughout the United States. The company has restaurants in 44 U.S. states, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. In addition, Hooters operates restaurants in 24 other countries.The company's first overseas location was in Singapore, and other Hooters restaurants are now located in Aruba, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and one outlet in the United Kingdom, following the closure of the remaining UK franchises. The three largest restaurants of the chain are located in Singapore, Tokyo, and São Paulo. On January 24, 2011, Chanticleer Holdings LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina, and others completed the purchase of Hooters of America Inc. from the Brooks family.