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.