A Hooters In Lafayette? How Does This Stuff Get Started?

Almost as pressing to Lafayette residents as the future use of the old Shell Station site on Moraga Way is to Moragans -- is the future use of the ill-fated Fuz restaurant on Mt. Diablo Blvd.


Maybe its our "small town" ways but it seems that certain rumors tend to take root and flower really quickly here in Lamorinda.

In Moraga, the most pressing question received here at Lamorinda Patch does not deal with the favorites for town council or the state of our roads, but whether McDonalds is building its trillionth outlet on the site of the former Shell station on Moraga Way.

That the as the rumor swells of a vs. scenario evolving in Moraga grows and grows. We get about three questions a week on the matter, still.

With this sort of single-minded devotion to rumor -- no matter how wild -- displayed here, it is easy to understand how the latest suburban legend, this one centered in Lafayette, could take off and grow.

The Rumor: That a Hooters restaurant, the first-to-market leader of the so-called "breastaurant wars," is coming to the old Fuz/Lafayette Sports Bar & Grill location at 3707 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Now, stranger things have happened. I mean, who would have thought that Lafayette would be battling an -- the Happy Ending kind -- in town? And we are still hearing of a couple of local housewives who are peddling their -- services -- to a supposedly deep-pocketed clientele around the city.

But in this case we think the Hooters rumor can be tied to a bored worker who, tired of answering the question of "So, what's going in here?" from inquisitive passersby, came up with the wildest thing he could think of and -- wham-o! We have liftoff.

It probably won't do any good but for the record the city's planning director, Niroop Srivatsa, told Patch that Kelly Moore Paint has leased the building formerly occupied by Fuz and will be occupying the portion fronting the boulevard with an as-yet unnamed restaurant possibly occupying the rest of the building on a sublease basis.

We'll wait to see if the restaurant is a Hooters but we don't think so -- too much competition from the massage parlors down the street.

Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) August 28, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Lafayette could use more family themed restaurants like a Hooters. I hope the rumor is true. Hooters was a terrific addition to the Dublin community, despite all the protests from Christianists.
SevenMary7 August 28, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Good looking salad!!
CJ August 28, 2012 at 06:16 PM
There is several competitors to Hooter who have much better food and depending on location even a more entertaining staff. Twin Peaks and Tilted Kilt. But Hooters would be a great addition. Let's go kids, Daddy want some hot wings and fried pickles!!
Amy Chu August 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Kind of creepy there guys.
Julie VonHacht August 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
And after that "the Wicked Eye". Let's keep it consistent!
Ophelia OBrien August 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I have been to a few Hooters in various Cities and States. (not in the past 10 years though) I recall, for bar food it is bad. Not an onion ring in sight, but if you want a cold beer and sports on the TV, there you go. Unless you are in a City that attracts a large population of aspiring actresses (LA) or beauty queens (Dallas/Austin) it is like being served by your teenaged daughter in a tight shirt. Creepy.
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) August 28, 2012 at 06:48 PM
You do have to be careful what you order at Hooters. Their menu is strange. It's like some items were developed by a terrific cook and others were developed by a three year old.
Jack August 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I love the idea.
Chris Nicholson August 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I've never had the desire to try Hooters (generally "gimmick" restaurants focus on the gimmick and not the food), but probably would try it if they opened a local store. In this area, I can't imagine it being successful. In this market I think you need to serve either the "no one wants to cook, lets take the kids out to eat" segment or the "(near) big City quality, without the drive" segment. What about Fentons?
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Fentons going in at the site of the old Shell Station on Moraga Way. They will be designing the creamery to look like an old fashioned gas station, dispensing root beer floats from a gas pump and with all the wait staff dressed as service station attendants. I know, a huge segment of our readership just went: "What's a service station attendant." Fentons deal still in the works.
Amanda August 28, 2012 at 08:37 PM
That's hilarious.
Andrew L. August 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM
What is the deal with the Union 76 station across from the Rheem shopping center?
Eastofthehills August 28, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I suppose I could be persuaded to Happy Valley into Happy Endings Valley by starting a new adult video production company! That would add some "talent" for a hooters right?
Dr Green August 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
was there a salad?
Ophelia OBrien August 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
@ East of the Hills, I should not read your post while trying to drink hot tea! Nearly injured myself! :-)
lovelafayette August 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM
What is the deal with Wonderful Massage near Weight Watchers? TJ Maxx.
Judy Giacomo August 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
What's the deal with the yogurt craze? It's not just for granola crunching health nuts, huh?
Lafayette Curmudgeon August 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I'm sort of bummed that this rumor got started. Apparently, a few years back someone hung a "Hooters - Coming Soon" sign on some construction in downtown Pleasanton and caused all hell to break loose. I was seriously thinking about pricing out such a sign to hang at the former Hungry Hunter location. Ah well.
Eastofthehills August 29, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Don't forget to put a now hiring sign next to the senior parking lot at the highschool. That'll really get the mob going.


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