Perhaps just coincidence, but you won’t find a Hooters in College Station, Tx. Now, the “College” in “College Station” is Texas A&M, home of the Texas Aggies. The definition of “Texas Aggie” is “Not Texas” (as in University of Texas). The Aggies colors are maroon and white, while the University of Texas sports burnt orange and white. The final piece of this puzzle is, for those who aren’t aware, the Hooter’s colors are orange and white.
Now, there are other businesses that bear orange as a corporate color. There’s a burger joint called “Whataburger” is decked-out in orange and white, typically a white A-frame building with an orange metal roof. There is also a big-box home improvement store known as Home Depot also using orange. But, in College Station, the Whataburger joints will have one two of the roof panels painted maroon, and the awnings in front of Home Depot are also maroon. The “associates” in Home Depot are supposed to wear orange aprons, but in Aggieland, you will find maroon aprons (to be fair, you’ll see orange aprons, too; I think the maroon ones are personal ones supplied by hardcore employees while the orange ones are store-supplied uniforms).
The rumors I’ve heard is that the city forced the colors on these establishments; that their corporate marketing bowed to the city’s demands rather than fight them. Similar rumors state Hooters applied for a business license, but would not consider changing their color scheme, so declined to build. Interestingly, a rival wings establishment, Wings-n-more, has a maroon and white color scheme, and they have two outlets.
Now, not exactly the same as banning the establishment, but perhaps close.
On a tangential note, I do remember hearing about a BBQ joint (in Boston, perhaps?) that tried to call itself C.O. Jones, but the applicable city council wouldn’t allow it, noting that the name was too suggestive. But, they apparently didn’t have a problem with Hooters. (For those that don’t see it, drop the punctuation and capitalization in the BBQ joint’s name, run the letters together, and translate from Spanish to English).
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