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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, March 2003

Hooters

1, Lane 16
Chingcheng St.
Tel: (02) 2716-5186
Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-12pm, Sat-Sun 11am-1am

 

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By Graham Norris

       Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Hooters concept has had trouble adapting to Taiwan. The branch in Kaohsiung and one of two in Taipei have now closed. But the last holdout, behind the Nanking East Road MRT station, has everything you'd expect from a restaurant chain that describes itself as ¡§delightfully tacky, yet unrefined.¡¨

      Everything's made of wood, there are sports on the television, and the girls perform a hula hoop routine at 8:30pm every night. There's beer, but no liquor. The majority of customers are men, and all the prices end in eight.

      The menu lists 16 bottled beers from Asia, the US and Europe (NT$168 each). Pitchers of draught San Miguel or Tiger cost NT$638. There's also wine, champagne and soft drinks, but nothing harder.

      Food-wise, Hooters is renowned for its ¡§almost world famous¡¨ chicken wings (ten for NT$298, fifty for NT$1,388), with mild, medium or spicy sauce. From the sea, you can have slightly expensive delights such as Smoyster Rockfella oysters (NT$568) or steamed clams (NT$498).

     Sandwiches include terriyaki chicken (NT$328), and Philly cheesesteak (NT$388). Burgers are priced at NT$278, and there's a choice of three condiments. If you don't specify which one you want, they give you coleslaw. You also have to order their patented curly fries separately (NT$98). Although there's no desert menu, you get a small piece of cake with every order.

      When asked about the hiring policy for Hooters' Girls, Stella, a shift manager who worked there for eight months, said that it didn't matter about the face or the body, so long as the person was friendly and provided good service. Enough said.

 

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