Hoots, a fast-casual chain launched in 2017, opens in St. Petersburg.
ST. PETERSBURG — Hoots, a fast-casual restaurant chain affiliated with the Hooters brand, which originated in Clearwater, has opened its first Florida location, in St. Petersburg, at 204 1st Ave. N.
Hoots, according to a news release, specializes in chicken wings, jumbo chicken tenders, buffalo chicken sandwiches, crab legs, buffalo shrimp and waffle fries. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the 1,000-square-foot St. Pete location will operate from noon to 8 p.m. at reduced occupancy levels.
“We are glad to finally open,” states Will LeBas, Hoots’ director of development and operations. “We are looking forward to being a part of the St. Pete community. We will be following all the new mandates at 25% occupancy and offering to go, counter service and delivery.”
Clearwater-based Hooters Management Corp. debuted the Hoots concept — which features smaller restaurants and self-checkout kiosks for ordering food — in Cicero, Ill., in 2017 and expanded to Chicago in December, the release states. The company also owns and operates 24 Hooters restaurants in New York, Chicago and the Tampa Bay area.