Four Hooters locations in Long Island and Queens are closing after the restaurant group who runs them had its franchise agreement terminated. Three of the locations will be rebranded as Bud's Ale House or a restaurant called 58's, and one will close. Among the locations being rebranded is the Fresh Meadow's branch that was recently sued for racial discrimination after two Korean guests were identified as "Chinx" on the top of their check.
According to Newsday (subscription required), Hooters of America sent the owner of the franchises, William Harley, a cease and desist notice to stop using the Hooters name. "We are extremely protective of the Hooters brand and in the unfortunate circumstance that a franchisee is not complying with its obligations under the franchise agreements," the company said, "we must take actions to protect our concept." But Long Island Hooters mourners will be able to get their chicken wing fix again some day. A deal is in the works to bring five new locations to the Long Island area. Manhattan and Yonkers locations are also slated to open next year.
· LI Hooters Spots Rebranding in Termination of Franchise [Newsday]
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