Hooters Closes in Burnsville, MN originally taken by Joey White
According to a reader report, Burnsville’s business area adjacent to the famed Heart of the City took another hit following the closure of Timberlodge Steakhouse when Hooters closed its doors this week as well.
A sign on the door reads simply, “Closed, thanks for your business!” and ends a history of Burnsville turmoil which ended up dividing the city. Back in 2004 Hooters received little love from three members of the Burnsville City Council: Kautz, Workman and Daly who were all vehemently against the restaurant due to how it portrayed women. While Kautz and Workman later went on to vote in favor of the restaurant, Daly continued to stick by her guns and was the lone dissenter in 2004 and went on to vote down a deck expansion in 2005 as well.
Daly said Hooters exploits women, and said she’ll vote against the deck.
“I didn’t support their business model behind four doors,” she said. “I don’t support their business model out in the open.”
But Kautz, Workman and Daly weren’t the only ones upset about the Hooters, Greg Staffa, then a candidate for Burnsville Mayor, noted the Burnsville Hooters was a big discussion point during his campaign:
In the 2005 election one of the most asked questions I got was I pro or anti Hooters opening in Burnsville. I was asked that more then anything else. Something about cleavage that gets “some” Burnsville people up in arms.
Further highlighting the public’s disdain for the place, one reader commented back in the middle of 2009 that they wished Hooters would just die already. Well the vocal minority finally got their wish as Hooters has finally closed its doors for good this week.
What do you think of Hooters both in food and general opinion of the name, mission, treatment of women, etc? Do you have a problem with them being in operation? Do you think they were given a fair shake all those years ago? Do you think we’re going to see even more restaurant closures around Burnsville and the South Metro as the economic downturn continues? Whatever you have to say about Hooters in Burnsville closing go ahead and share your thoughts.