Some Hong Kong diners may soon find themselves being served by buxom waitresses in skimpy outfits.
That is the signature attraction at the US restaurant chain Hooters, which plans to expand aggressively in Southeast Asia, focusing on Hong Kong (which, with Macau, it counts as part of the region) and the Philippines.
It aims to open 30 restaurants across the region over the next six years, Metro Daily reported Friday.
The firm said in a statement last week it will open franchises in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as Hong Kong and Macau.
Hooters, which was founded in 1983, boasts more than 500 restaurants worldwide, some of which are privately owned.
It entered mainland China in 2004 and now has franchises in several cities, including Shanghai and Beijing.
Serving US-style food, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain is famous for its “Hooters girls”.
Dressed in tank tops and hot pants, they bring more than food to the table, chatting with diners and sometimes even singing or dancing.
However, critics say it is guilty of sex discrimination, since the restaurants hire only female serving staff, the report said.
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