Local Petition Against Hooters Leads to TABC Hearing

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

There may be one more hurdle to jump before Hooters makes it to Bryan.

Several citizens have protested the restaurant's application for an alcoholic beverage permit.

Now the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) must make the call whether Hooters will fly or flop.

The restaurant is set to be built in the Northpark Center on Texas Avenue, which has residents in the area upset.

"This is a conservative town and a good family town," Bryan resident Daniel Branton said. "I just think it's an image our kids don't need to have about women."

Branton, who lives right across the street, is against the restaurant but was not one of the many who signed a petition.

"Quite a few of the citizens have protested the application for an alcoholic beverage permit made by Hooters," Michael Cady, an attorney with TABC said.

To follow protocol, TABC must now have a hearing to see if the restaurant violates the law.

"The refusal of a permit is based on the general welfare, health, peace, moral and safety of the people and the public's sense of decency," Cady said.

A judge will make a recommendation and then the TABC commission or an administrator will make a final decision.

Even though the protestors want it their way, some Bryan residents hope the restaurant will open.

"It doesn't bother me," Bryan resident Sandra Norwood said. "It's another place to have a good meal. I've been to Hooters and I think people are getting excited about nothing."

Licenses have been issued to several Hooters in Texas, but TABC says just because Hooters is licensed somewhere else doesn't mean it will get a license in Bryan.

TABC expects to set a hearing date on Tuesday.
The owners of Hooters could not be reached for comment.

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