University of York Graduate, aspiring to be a journalist with dreams of one day publishing my own novel.
Published work can be seen at www.theyorker.co.uk and www.yorkvision.co.uk
Published August 16th 2012
Thought the boys had all the fun? Think again ladies
As a 22-year old female accompanying my boyfriend to a Hooters restaurant, I must admit, I had my preconceptions. To me, it was a sports bar populated by scantily-dressed staff who would happily liquor up your significant other for a big tip while disregarding you completely. The reality, however, was a pleasant surprise.
First and foremost, the waitresses were not dressed as skimpily as I had imagined, but rather opted for shorts, t-shirts, sneakers and even skin-coloured tights. The second shock was their warmth towards me; I had assumed, being female and not a beer-drinker, I would receive a reception as frosty as their draft Bud Light. However, our remarkably fresh-faced waitress Jessica was sweet and accommodating, and dare I say it, even seemed to make more of an effort to make me feel comfortable than my company. Her honesty regarding the $9 cocktail I contemplated ordering was refreshing, and we both shared a moment of common ground over our hatred of cherries.
At a little over $10, my grilled cheese platter was the perfect portion size and satisfied my craving for stodgy junk food immediately. Our shared side of chicken wings complemented my vegetarian choice perfectly with their tangy but not overbearing medium hot sauce. Washed down with a Mai Tai cocktail which was worth every bit the $9 charge, the charming ladies at Hooters made sure I left with a full stomach.
The real gem of our evening had to be our server, who went above and beyond to provide us with good service. While all of the staff ignored the advances of a table of inebriated German tourists, it was truly our waitress who stood out. These sweet young ladies must face all manner of ridicule at the hands of prejudiced patrons, but our Jessica happily obliged to pose for a photo, and even held up a sign wishing my partner's brother a happy birthday.
In sum, while the total bill was a little heavy for what was essentially sports bar food, the warmth of the waitresses radiated throughout and provided Hooters with a carefree, happy atmosphere. The food was good but the staff were truly great, and they certainly did enough to silence their previously biggest critic- me.