Lone Tree to get first Hooters despite resident protests

Mark Harden
Denver Business Journal

The Lone Tree City Council has granted a liquor license to a proposed Hooters restaurant in the Douglas County city across the street from a residential neighborhood, despite complaints from nearby homeowners.

The Denver Post's John Aguilar reports that several residents objected to the license for the restaurant -- known for buxom waitresses in skimpy outfits serving chicken wings -- at a May 5 council meeting, saying the eatery isn't family friendly.

The restaurant site is across County Line Road from a neighborhood in Centennial, where a resident had gathered nearly 200 signatures on a petition objecting to Hooters as of May 15, the Colorado Statesman reports.

But after a motion to grant the license request died at the May 5 meeting, it was approved by unanimous vote Tuesday.

Lone Tree council member Kim Monson told the Statesman before the vote that she agreed with residents who said they found Hooters "offensive and degrading to women," but added that it's not the council's role to decide whether a business is offensive or not if it complies with regulations.

The site at County Line Road and Yosemite Street, near the Park Meadows mall, was formerly a TGI Fridays location, and before that a Cucina! Cucina! outlet.

Hooters has seven Colorado locations, including three in metro Denver, according to its website.