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The Original Hooters is getting a total makeover.

All good things come to an end. Fortunately, they can begin again, and pretty quickly. The Original Hooters of Clearwater, Florida you know and love has shut its doors, but no worries: It will reopen in February.

Truth be told, it’s more than just a rejuvenation. It’s a total makeover. But my oh my what a remodel it’s going to be. A new inside/outside bar. New patio. A friggin’ Hooters museum. We’ll say this: It’s going to be quite an experience.

An experience that you’ll get to enjoy yourself in a matter of months. So hang tight, Hooters fans. Your oasis will return, bigger, better, delightfully tackier and more unrefined than ever. In the meantime, enjoy our newest locations on 4th Street in St. Pete and on John’s Pass in Madeira Beach.

Press Release:


Clearwater, FL – November 22, 2011 – The Original Hooters in Clearwater will close on Monday to undergo a full-scale remodeling of the 28-year-old location.

The Hooters at 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd. is the restaurant that in 1983 launched the brand that now boasts 487 locations in 44 states and 27 countries. Now, after 28 years, Hooters Management Corporation is taking a bold step to fully renovated the original site.

The restaurant will close Monday, November 28, and reopen on or about February 15, 2012 in the same spot. They will preserve many elements from the Original Hooters, but when they reopen customers can expect an even better dining experience including a new inside/outside bar and patio. Also in the plan is a museum section that will feature keepsakes and memorabilia from Hooters’ storied past.

“Rest assured the Original Hooters in Clearwater will remain ‘delightfully tacky, yet unrefined,'” said Neil Kiefer, president and CEO of Hooters Management Corp.

About the decision to close for the remodeling, he said, “We are reinvesting in our brand. It is important that we do this right.”

While the Original Hooters is being remodeled, customers can still eat at one of the other 10 Tampa Bay area locations, including the two newest locations that opened this year: John’s Pass, and 4th Street in St. Petersburg. Look for another location to open on Clearwater Beach in late spring 2012.

Hooters Management Corp., the original founders of Hooters, owns and operates 22 restaurants in Tampa Bay, Chicago and Manhattan.

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