March 21, 2007, - 10:42 am

Small Favors: No Way Hooters in Israel (or Anywhere) Will Be Kosher

By Debbie Schlussel
For the record, I think Hooters is a sleazy place. People who “go there for the great Buffalo wings” are the same as those who read Playboy “for the articles”: lascivious liars, who use the facade of food for the obvious reason they’re there–whatever is missing in their private (usually marital) life. (And the “waitstaff” is equally sleazy–if you’re not a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated or lifeguard on South Beach, don’t wear a bikini to work.)
I’m not prude, but you don’t have to be Einstein to recognize that Hooter’s is the kind of place you expect at which you expect Bill Clinton to be a regular, after a hard day’s work as chief judge of the Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Contest. And you need not be an elitist to note that if you eat there, you’re very common, not classy.
That said, I find all the press coverage of yesterday’s announcement that Hooters will open in Tel Aviv, Israel to be interesting and filled with more of the “I go there for the wings” dishonesty.

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Not Kosher

Yesterday, Hooters spokesman Mike McNeil speculated about whether Hooters Tel Aviv would offer kosher food. Here’s a clue from someone who knows just a tad about kosher and Hooters: never the two shall meet.
For a restaurant to be kosher, it not only has to serve only kosher food, it has to be manned at all times by a kosher inspector, usually an Orthodox rabbi. There is no way any legitimate kosher certification operation will either certify as kosher or allow its inspectors to operate in an establishment where women are wearing almost nothing. In general, that, too, ain’t “kosher.”
Bottom line: Hooters isn’t kosher. And never will be. And that’s a good thing.
Also interesting to here Hooters spokesman McNeil speak about how Hooters menus are based on local “tastes.” Funny to hear the words “taste” and “Hooters” in the same sentence. Reminds me of last year, when Hawaiian Tropic Zone (a clone of Hooters) CEO Dennis Riese spoke of the “class” of his restaurant.
Class, indeed. But he forgot the essential adjective: “low.”

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23 Responses

This reminds me of all of the time I literally cringed with humiliation in the Carnegie Deli when my mother tried to order a corned beef on white with mayonaisse.

MarySJ on March 21, 2007 at 11:35 am

My my! I just got an email from a friend wanting me to invest in a clone Hooters restaurant.
It’s a sign, what does the sign say though?

akak on March 21, 2007 at 11:35 am

It’s funny cause some of my friends say they go because HOOTERS serves “Good” food. Right..lol

the_don on March 21, 2007 at 11:39 am

Question Debbie: Have you ever eaten at a Hooters?
I like Hooters. Their breaded hot wings are still unmatched in flavor to any other I have tasted.
While some people (typically women) scoff at the concept behind purposely hiring only shapely young women in tight shorts and T-shirts to serve food, many of them have never taken the time to visit the restaurant and form an objective opinion about the service they receive.
I have to say, rarely have I been to a low-priced restaurant whose service is as good as one gets at Hooters. I have been to Hooters restaurants all over the U.S; not once have I had to sit there with my beverage empty while waiting 15 minutes (or more) for a waitress to notice and offer a me re-fill. Not once have I had to send my food back because the waitress got the order wrong. Not once have I had to ask another waitress to find my waitress because she disappeared.
The same cannot be said for any number of other popular national chain restaurants. Friday?s, Chili?s, Olive Garden ? while most of my experiences at those places have been pleasant, overall their service does not compare to that of Hooters.
You claim you’re no prude Debbie. But if your definition of a slut is a Hooters waitress, then I have a news flash for you: you’re a prude.
Not every woman in America has the capacity (or desire) to become a professional. If the situation in one’s life makes it so that waiting tables at a restaurant works best for them, why not go where the tips and working atmosphere are better?
WHO SAID THEY ARE SLUTS? THEY JUST DRESS LIKE IT AND SELL IT WHEN THEY WORK THERE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

David Svendsen on March 21, 2007 at 11:41 am

There’s a difference between waiting tables, David and a line of work that’s just sexually exploitative
waiters and waitresses are hired to wait tables and serve customers
that’s not what these women are hired for, which tells you what their real job is and what’s wrong with it

sultan_knish on March 21, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Sultan, Exactly what do you think they are hired for?
By the way, they do not wear bikinis to work.
THEY MAY NOT WEAR BIKINIS BUT IT’S CLOSE ENOUGH (AND IN THE INTEREST OF SPACE I WROTE “BIKINIS”). IF THEY WERE HIRED FOR THEIR FOODSERVER SKILLS, HOOTERS WOULD ALSO HIRE MEN. DO YOU THINK THEY PICKED THE NAME AND GIANT BULGING OWL EYES BY ACCIDENT?
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Everett on March 21, 2007 at 12:10 pm

David, pull your head out!

Highrise on March 21, 2007 at 12:54 pm

“There is no way any legitimate kosher certification operation will either certify as kosher or allow its inspectors to operate in an establishment where women are wearing almost nothing.”
I can’t stop laughing over this comment.

Highrise on March 21, 2007 at 12:55 pm

THEY MAY NOT WEAR BIKINIS BUT IT’S CLOSE ENOUGH (AND IN THE INTEREST OF SPACE I WROTE “BIKINIS”). IF THEY WERE HIRED FOR THEIR FOODSERVER SKILLS, HOOTERS WOULD ALSO HIRE MEN. DO YOU THINK THEY PICKED THE NAME AND GIANT BULGING OWL EYES BY ACCIDENT?
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL
let’s follow that line of thinking Debbie kind of like your ad vs hiqab
never worn a tank and shorts in public Deb?
p.s the veil should be banned
signed,
confused

akak on March 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm

No male goes to “Hooters” for just the food. That would be like going to strip club just to hangout.
Hooters girls are hired for their looks (not that I have a problem with that) not for their food serving skills. I’ve never seen a fat ugly Hooter’s waitress.

the_don on March 21, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Dear Debbie;
I love to look at pretty, shapely, sexy, scantily clad young women, where ever I can find them.
I am not going to apologize for being a man, or for being voyeuristic, or for being heterosexual.
If a person doesn’t like Hooters for one reason, or another, than that person shouldn’t go there.
In other words; TOUGH! Go eat someplace else.
Sincerely;
EJO

EJO on March 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Hooters operates restaraunts in 23 countries outside of the United States. Yet for some reason, the opening of Hooters restaraunts in ISRAEL is deemed newsworthy.
This is just another example of the “Jews is news” syndrome in our mainstream media. The whole issue is rather unimportant.
I wish the news media had covered Microsoft’s, Intel’s and Warren Buffet’s investment in Israel with such fanfare.
YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE SYNDROME. BUT I DID, INDEED, COVER THE WARREN BUFFET INVESTMENT IN ISCAR, TWICE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

There is NO Santa Claus on March 21, 2007 at 3:07 pm

the burqa analogy is wrong
there’s a big difference between what you choose to wear and what you’re told to wear at a job
it’s no different in the end that a restaurant which obligated female employees to wear burqas

sultan_knish on March 21, 2007 at 3:10 pm

It’s real simple…this restarant chain hires model-type females…most with big fake breasts, and puts them in skintight outfits so that guys can concentrate not on the food…but on them. It’s sex sex sex sex right in your face. I mean I wonder what they’re dayjob is…hmm…
Hey EJO, why don’t you come out and admit that you really wanna score with one of those waitresses becuase they’re “hawt”. You only repersent the wanna be pimpish males of today’s society….not real guys like me with some class and respect for females.

Squirrel3D on March 21, 2007 at 4:36 pm

Debbie, I’m always glad to hear about American chains opening branches in Israel. I’d rather get recognition from Hooters than Hamas. But I wouldn’t take you there on a date.

Anonymous1 on March 21, 2007 at 5:23 pm

I agree with Anonymous1 here. I think a lot of people have the same image of every Middle-Eastern country: 3rd-world desert country with lots of angry, scary people.
I’m not a fan of Hooters, but some of their crassness is tolerable if it means that more people view Israel as a modern, Western country.

Dan on March 21, 2007 at 5:54 pm

I’ve been to Hooters 3x. The last time I went was to meet with a group of men. I’ve been to casinos in Las Vegas with my brother and his family (they live there), and the waitresses often have tight fitting costumes. I guess familiarity breeds indifference, because it isn’t a big deal.
I used to enjoy looking at pretty young women. Now that I’m 56 years old and raised a rebellious daughter, I look at pretty young women and think “I wonder who’s PITA she is?”. I do feel sorry for young women when they are somewhat exploited by Hooters.

Dr.Dale on March 21, 2007 at 8:12 pm

If you’re saying Hooters has bad food, then 1) you’re a snob, who doesn’t like the food of the masses, or 2) you’ve never tried their food. They have a take out door, so you don’t have to witness too much of the evil evil slutiness, or smell the stench of sex in the air of old sweaty perverts. You can call in your order, pick it up at the take out door, and go home and try it without ogling anyone.
While I wouldn’t believe for a second that anyone buys Playboy and doesn’t look at the layouts, Playboy is excellent reading, comparable to that of Reader’s Digest, in my opinion. I suggest you try the Men and Women columns, plus the none laquered section in the middle. It has stories of odd events around the world, and has a whole section dedicated to free press issues.

CaptShady on March 21, 2007 at 9:04 pm

I wonder just how many pious Muslims will accidentally go there to eat, assuming of course the food is halaal?

OneIrishJew on March 21, 2007 at 11:40 pm

I eat at Hooters and the wings are good. The chicks? They’re cute but I want to eat. Think about it Deb, most of these broads are single moms and in the late 20s early 30s. I could afford younger and hotter. In L.A., they’re single moms and I have no interest in them. I want to eat. I would not want to give my dad’s inheritance to some money-grubbing slut, whose daughter is taking after her…I WANT TO EAT! (burp)
Oh and Deb, do all restaurants have to be Kosher in Israel? if no, then it’s just a capitalists wet-dream! That is unless some rag-head blows himself up because the 70 virgins he’s going for has more hair in her pits and Vag than you on your head…Yuck! Time to go to In-n-Out

KOAJaps on March 22, 2007 at 3:13 am

Frankly, I think Debbie should do a little undercover work and go to work at a Hooters to find out if she’s right. Just for journalism purposes, of course, and with pics!
Have to disagree, I don’t think Hooters is sleazy. Silly and stupid, but not sleazy.
I think Hooters is overrated. I used to go every once in a while but I didn’t get the big deal as most girls were just average and got a laugh at their flirting to get a tip. It was just like the South Park episode.

Jeff_W on March 22, 2007 at 9:18 am

Yea I don’t think a Muslim would like Hooters too much. Maybe if Hooters hired halekon (young boys) as the waiters Muslims would be interested.
http://www.prophetofdoom.net/pics/Feedback_Muslim_Woman_Defends_Oppression/madrass_love.jpg

the_don on March 22, 2007 at 10:53 am

Gee…you had me wondering if its the food or sex Hooters is trying to sell. Sometimes its hard to tell when the food businesses such as Hooters feel the need to use such prurient advertisement to sell a chicken wing. It goes without saying, ” every man’s heart is through his stomach”. In this case, it might as well be “every man’s stomach is through his groins”. Suffice to say, you won’t find too many kosher restaurants using cleavage busting women to help them earn a livinghood. I’m sure there are non – kosher restaurants who are able to reconcile their business with decency.

Jew Chick on March 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm

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