Yesterday self-proclaimed “delightfully tacky yet unrefined” Hooters restaurant finally opened in Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, after months of debate, argument and controversy.
For a recap on the story, look here.
Last night, beat blogger for the Guardian, Hannah Waldram, went to the VIP opening.
So I took to the streets of Cardiff to find out what people thought about the city’s newest restaurant.
Steve Thomas, 35, from South Wales came to Cardiff specially to visit the restaurant on its opening night. Comparing the restaurant to one he had visited in the US he said:
“It’s a lot more modest in the UK. It’s each to their own really. I’m not really against the restaurant, but I’m not for it either.”
Mpho Monyela, a young mother originally from South Africa but now living in Cardiff told me she would be happy to go there herself, but said
“It shouldn’t be branded as a family restaurant, it’s not a place for small children.”
Robert Phillips, 43, from Cardiff said the USP of the restaurant wasn’t really a selling point for him. When asked about the girls uniforms he said:
“I object, you need to draw a line in the sand somewhere.”
Becca Caffery, 28, from Pontypridd had only heard of the restaurant as a result of its move to Cardiff. Though she had never been in, she said:
“I think I would to see what it’s all about. I think it’s probably a little bit exploitative though and not a very good example for young girls.”
Juliet Williams, 23, from Cardiff told me
“I probably wouldn’t go in because I’ve heard the food is meant to be substandard. I think it’s just a bit of a laugh for groups of guys. If the girls want to work there its not a problem.”