Council rep owly over potential Block E Hooters

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May 14, 2002 // UPDATED 1:20 pm - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Block E may be getting a tenant that comes complete with hot wings and breasts. The new development is not getting a strip club -- but to some councilmembers it's almost as bad.

Hooters Restaurant has been talking to Block E developer McCaffery Interests about a possible lease at the 600 Hennepin Ave. complex, which is scheduled to open in August. Nothing is decided yet, but the mere negotiations have Coucilmember Gary Schiff (9th Ward) criticizing a restaurant that outfits its servers in skimpy shorts and even skimpier shirts.

"This is sad -- the best they can get is a Hooter\'s," Schiff said. "I thought the purpose of the $38.5 million in Minneapolis subsidy was to get family entertainment Downtown."

Schiff has said that he will write a letter urging developers not to include Hooters in the Block E landscape.

According to Dan McCaffery, president of McCaffery Interests, people's perceptions of morality will not play a role in who gets to lease space in Block E. "We're interested in leasing to anyone that has a good credit rating and a successful operation," he said.

McCaffrey emphasized that his firm is talking to many prospective leasers and Hooters is only one of them.