Planned Opening Of Hooters Stirs Controversy In Thousand Oaks

THOUSAND OAKS (CBS) — Plans to open a restaurant in Thousand Oaks have some residents upset even though it would bring in some much-needed business.

The reason? The restaurant is Hooters.

Amy Johnson, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9 talked with Susan MacLean who has collected hundreds of signatures to keep the eatery from opening in the Janns Marketplace.

“Well I think it’s shared by a lot of homeowners and moms and people in the community that just really think it’s gonna be a negative influence,” she said.

MacLean lives nearby and says she often brings her three children to the family friendly plaza.

“A lot of our kids play there. There’s a water park right across from where it’s supposed to be going. We bring our kids there, there’s a lot of kid-friendly stores and I just really think it’s gonna hurt the mall,” MacClean added.

But not everyone agrees.

“We say ‘Welcome, Hooters.’ We bring in more business to the area. We’re very familiar with Hooters, it’s a wonderful… they’re a great little restaurant,” Thousand Oaks resident, Yvonne Brockwell, said.

The city says they’ve received hundreds of comments about Hooters’ application for an extended liquor license. They say the majority oppose it but there are some in favor, and that includes the marketplace.

“We looked into many different tenant options. We really looked into Hooters, kind of to find out what they stand for, what they are all about and we found that they are great for the community. They do a lot of fundraising, a lot of charities, they support the armed forces and we just thought that they would be a perfect, perfect addition,” said Jann’s Marketplace manager, Anna Lutz.

But MacClean, who is a real estate broker and an attorney, says anyone who lives in Thousand Oaks should be concerned.

“I think it’s really going to hurt anyone who is trying to sell a home around here when they’re clients are going to see, when potential buyers are going to see that there’s a Hooters there,” she added.

A public hearing is expected to be held in the near future.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Really? says:

    Omg this is so stupid…it’s just a restaurant people lighten up! and I happen to like the food. I don’t go there for the “hooters”. Is there not a Hooters in Santa Monica 3rd street where there is always kids around …??

    1. NY 1232 says:

      Do you consider Wendy’s fine dining?

      1. Really? says:

        Who said anything about fine dining moron

      2. CJ says:

        @NY 1232
        I suppose you eat at 5 star restaurants everynight?

    2. Mark says:

      I ate there once and the food was not that good. Went there because of the “Hooters”. My wife is built like a 12 year old boy, well as a matter of fact she was a boy at one time.

      1. Jen says:

        Weird comment

  2. Jon says:

    So if nobody goes it will close. I gather that many of the people who go there live in the area…

  3. Chester says:

    I have an idea open a chuckey-cheese there so all the child molesters have a place to go.

    1. CJ says:

      Too late, they already have a chuck-e-cheese down the street from there.

  4. DH says:

    The sky is falling … the sky is falling. Its just a restaurant, not a strip joint.

  5. Clotee Allochuku says:

    The name “Hooters” represent female breasts and that’s exactly what this restaurant is about. Female body parts are exposed over chicken wings and burgers being served.

    1. TO Business Friend says:

      Give it a rest Clotee…… Crawl back in your shallow world…. You women always have to have something to complain about.

      This is much to do about nothing. The location is on a busy corner of Moorpark Rd and one of the busy entrances to the open air mall as well as the main entrance to the parking structure. It is on the same side of the street as El Torito which is a busy place with an upstairs BAR, which is surely a children friendly place. LOL Both straddle the busy entrance to the mall. Additionally, it will not be in the mall but the furthest corner of the property and not among the main group of family friendly business. If children venture to Hooters, they will be unattended and have to cross a large parking lot to get there and any respectable parent is not going to let their child cross this parking lot unsupervised. What we have is a bunch of spinsters and busy bodies inflicting their minority will upon the general public. Hooters is a respectable business, employing many to serve chicken wings and beverages, among other food items. It is a fun place and nothing more. The city needs the income, it will be a place that will last, and it is just as respectful a business as any other in town and we have some pretty questionable businesses already. So all you goodie two shoes get off your high horse and leave these people alone.

  6. Hollywood Reporter says:

    Susan MacLean get a life.

    1. Smack Down Dribble says:

      And some Hooters=)

  7. T.O. Dude says:

    Susan MacClean is fear-mongering. She makes it sound like it’s going to be in a residential neighborhood. It’s not.

    Having a Hooters in Thousand Oaks won’t lower property values. Leave that to the Obama administration.

    If it isn’t profitable, it will close like the previous 3 restaurants that occupied the building.

    If you don’t like what the company stands for, don’t spend money there.

    The free market will decide.

  8. 805_Dude says:

    Based on what data will property values go down? This is a national restaurant chain that must be doing something right were other establishments have failed.

    I’ll never understand the puritan mindset of the conservatives. There are no naughty bits exposed at these restaurants. I’d bet my European relatives would have a good laugh over this so called controversy….

  9. rj says:

    Opening up a Hooters will lower property values and cause negative influence? LOL is she scared her kids will want to grow up to be a hooters girl?
    Susan MacLean, stop being such an egotistical biotch!

  10. roneida says:

    What exactly are all the “Moms”,as opposed to mothers?, worried will happen to their little precious ones? will they be raped, assaulted, driven to self love, kidnapped and turned into sex slaves?? Define the objection. Have any of these “Moms” ever seen what is on televiision their little rugrats watch? The atmosphere and demeanor in Hooters is far better controlled and observed than in many homes where these ” Moms” are in charge. I think they are just jealous of women who have broke free of worrying about their neighborhood “image”

  11. Get a life, men. says:

    When Hooters starts hiring men and old, fat women to serve their precious Hot Wings, then I would actually support them moving in. But, objectifying women is not something I would ever support.

    You claim it is not about the sex? Then, drop the sexual name and clothe your waitresses.

    And, you men that are fighting for it to come. Well . . . you will have to find a place outside city limits where it is acceptable to stare at young ladies buts and boobs.

    1. TO Business Friend says:

      I agree with you. These old crones have nothing better to do.

    2. Clotee Allochuku says:

      Exactly!

    3. Alyson says:

      I agree with you. A hooters moved into my town 2 years ago and since then, the number of sexual offenders has increased tremendously, property values have gone down so much that people are hardly able to sell any homes, little girls have been followed home from school and good businesses have either closed down, moved out of town or outright refused to move into a “Hooters town”. Sorry, guys, but Hooters destroyed my once valuable and very safe town and I implore people to object to any Hooters moving into their town if they want to maintain any quality of life in that town.

      And the food, I’m told, is awful.

  12. Shame on Janss says:

    And Janss Marketplace. 😦 Boo. You have spent the last 5 years trying to become kids and toddler-friendly, and, now, you want to bring in a boobie-joint.

    That is pretty nuts.

  13. TO Business Friend says:

    This is much to do about nothing. The location is on a busy corner of Moorpark Rd and one of the busy entrances to the open air mall as well as the main entrance to the parking structure. It is on the same side of the street as El Torito which is a busy place with an upstairs BAR, which is surely a children friendly place. LOL Both straddle the busy entrance to the mall. Additionally, it will not be in the mall but the furthest corner of the property and not among the main group of family friendly business. If children venture to Hooters, they will be unattended and have to cross a large parking lot to get there and any respectable parent is not going to let their child cross this parking lot unsupervised. What we have is a bunch of spinsters and busy bodies inflicting their minority will upon the general public. Hooters is a respectable business, employing many to serve chicken wings and beverages, among other food items. It is a fun place and nothing more. The city needs the income, it will be a place that will last, and it is just as respectful a business as any other in town and we have some pretty questionable businesses already. So all you goodie two shoes get off your high horse and leave these people alone.

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