by Aimee Levitt
Word just in from New York City that next week the Hooters in midtown Manhattan will celebrate the institution of marriage -- and, not coincidentally, Hall Pass, the Farrelly Brothers' latest cinematic masterpiece, which concerns the ups, downs, ins and outs of that fine institution -- by giving special discounts to married men. We're talking up to 30 percent off the total tab.
This news made the cockles of Gut Check's wizened little heart as roasty-toasty as a Hooters chicken-wing Flappertizer. Those same dudes who strategically slip off their wedding bands when in the presence of female servers in short shorts and tiny tank tops will actually have to 'fess up if they want to save some money! What matters more: adulterous fantasy or a discount on hot wings?
Was this a company-wide thing, we wondered? Could we have the pleasure of sending Riverfront Times' very-married restaurant critic Ian Froeb out for his first-ever Hooters experience?
Alas, it was not to be.
"Sorry," says Tony Voudrie, general manager of the Hooters in Kiener Plaza. "They're a franchise and we're owned by corporate. We don't share the same specials."
Turns out every dang Hooters in the St. Louis metro area is corporate-owned and can't offer discounts unless big Hooters says so.
Another Gut Check dream, crushed. We hear Hall Pass isn't exactly Dumb & Dumber either.