Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hooters remains firm on opening in capital

Hooters remains firm on opening in capital

Traffic passes in front of the Hooters building that is seen under construction in central Phnom Penh earlier this month.
Traffic passes in front of the Hooters building that is seen under construction in central Phnom Penh earlier this month. Heng Chivoan

Hooters remains firm on opening in capital

The local franchise holder of Hooters, the American restaurant chain known for its all-female wait staff clad in tight tank tops and orange shorts, confirmed yesterday that work would resume on its first Cambodian branch, dispelling rumours that the company had pulled the plug on the project.

Gary Murray, CEO of Bangkok-based Destination Resorts, which signed a development agreement with Hooters in 2015 to develop 35 locations across Southeast Asia, said construction on a branch in Phnom Penh’s Riverside area had stalled, but would resume soon.

“We are committed to the project,” he said. “[We are looking] to restart in the next 30-45 days and open 60-90 days thereafter.”

Destination Resorts registered Hooters Cambodia in March 2016 and is refurbishing a 2-storey building at the corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 104 to house its first branch in the capital. Construction was originally slated for completion in July 2016, but was pushed back until October before stalling altogether.

Destination Resorts recently opened Hooters locations in Singapore, Jakarta and Koh Samui, Thailand. In addition to its Phnom Penh restaurant, the company has announced plans for a branch in Siem Reap.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he