Hooters employees share what it’s really like to work at a controversial restaurant

Hooters currently only has one branch in the UK and has faced criticism. Workers at the Nottingham restaurant have revealed what it’s really like

Nottingham Hotters manager Olivia Wright
Nottingham Hotters manager Olivia Wright

The staff at Britain’s only Hooters have revealed what it’s really like to work at the restaurant and bar.

The Nottingham branch of the worldwide franchise is one of the busiest spots in the city, especially on match days.

It shows several sports games, from football to NFL, and is a popular destination for bachelorette parties, reports NottinghamshireLive.

There are currently talks of adding restaurants in other UK cities, including Liverpool.

Manager Olivia Wright said: “It takes away from the novelty a bit that it won’t be the only one, but even if another one opens you all fall under the same umbrella.







There is currently only one Hooters store in the UK
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“We’re all very connected so it’s good to see it expanding as there’s always room for a new restaurant with more people involved. It is exciting.”

She was attracted to working at the restaurant after a friend told her how fun it was to work there. She has been with the company for 10 years, starting as a waitress and rising to manager.

“A friend worked here and said how fun it was, so I thought why not? It’s kind of my personality anyway as I’m very outgoing so I thought I’d give it a try.

“It’s clearly stuck as I’ve been working here for a long time.”







The restaurant shows live sports broadcasts
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Abbey Goodacre is from Hucknall and is a waitress at Hooters.

She has only been there a year but feels there is a strong community between the women. She had moved there after visiting the restaurant when she was younger.

She said: “When I was younger I used to come here with my dad because Hooters has been here for a while. Then I started working here about a year ago. I started during the Euros so it was very crowded.”

The restaurant is of course famous for the women who work there and wear the iconic Hooters uniform.

The crowd is surprisingly mixed, despite the assumption that it’s mostly male.







Further branches are planned
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Olivia said: “Everyone is different and feels different. I think the uniform is amazing and body conscious. She makes women feel great and empowered. I have never seen anyone feel uncomfortable wearing it, and we would not make anyone feel uncomfortable in this situation.

“It’s iconic, so you know what the uniform is going to be,” Olivia explained.

She added: “People assume it’s mostly male but that’s definitely not the case as it’s totally mixed. We have a lot of families coming in as we are a neighborhood friendly restaurant and kids eat free on Sundays.

“We have a lot of men, but women love sports too, so it’s mixed. We get a lot of hen parties and I love it when they come in because we can make them feel like part of the Hooter brand.”







Olivia said the prospect of more restaurants is “exciting”.
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Olivia has had some amazing experiences with Hooters, including being sent to Vegas to compete on Miss Hooters in 2017. She says there aren’t that many companies that would do that for their employees.

“My favorite memory is the annual bikini contest we used to host. I won in 2017 and the company paid me to go to Vegas for 10 nights to compete.

“The competition is huge and we currently have another of our girls over in Lake Tahoe doing the same thing. There are not many 23-year-olds who can claim to have had that experience.”

Abby thinks the best thing about working at Hooters is the community the girls build.

“The best part is making a lot of friends when you work here. There are many girls here but all are so nice. We go out to eat and drink together. It’s a small community.”

Hooters was one of the busiest spots during Forest’s last game at Wembley as the Reds beat Huddersfield to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Olivia said the atmosphere was fantastic for both the clientele and the staff who are all Forest fans.

“The atmosphere here was electric. We got a lot of Forest fans through the door including me and the staff too. We really support Forest here so it was amazing to see the team excel – it was an amazing feeling.”

She said: “In terms of the Nottingham branch, we want to continue what we’re doing as it’s going really well and people love the brand. As they say, Hooters makes you happy.”

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