The Downtown Hooters has officially closed shop, bottoming out from a downward spiral that began last February, when Block E Realty sued the restaurant’s owners for failing to pay rent. In March, Twin Wings of Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Then on August 23, according to news reports, owners converted the case to Chapter 7 liquidation.
Twin Wings officers Steven and John Marso signed the liquidation conversion.
A sign posted on Hooters’ door Tuesday morning announced the shuttering:
"Attention customers: As of Monday, August 23rd, Hooters of Block E has ceased operations. Thanks for your patronage over the years."
For those keeping score, that makes two Block E closures this year, after GameWorks shut down on March 29 (without telling its employees).
But the Downtown complex has had some sunny news this year, as well. Kieran’s Irish Pub, which moved into the former Bellanote space just below Hooters in mid-March, was a welcome local tenant in a complex previously dominated by suburban chains. The pub has been packing happy hours all summer.
In April, Downtown developer Bob Lux announced his plans to purchase Block E from its original Chicago- and then Washington D.C.-based owners — another big step toward giving the complex a more local identity. Just last week, it was reported that Lux’s investment group Alatus LLC paid only $14 million for the property, which cost $132 million to develop.
The Marso brothers also operate a Hooters in Burnsville, which remains open.