Downtown Owensboro Occupational Zoning of Interiors and Exteriors (DOOZIE) Chairman, Hugh Brassière, admitted his rush to fill a notable vacant building in downtown Owensboro led to several mistakes that resulted in a permit for a Hooters restaurant to be approved in the former Bar Louie location on Frederica.
Brassière told Enduring Owensboro that rather than fulling reviewing the paperwork he “…just saw that logo with the owl and a mention of half off wings…” and assumed Hooters was an owl sanctuary. The DOOZIE chairman said, “It just looked a unique opportunity and I was going to milk it for all it was worth…I regret that now…a lot of people are unhappy.”
“I hope they forgive me, I’m a bird lover and its the thoughts that count.” Brassière said. “It’s not even just the larger birds like owls, I also appreciate small tits and hummingbirds too.”
Local residents are concerned that the accidental approval of the restaurant featuring scantily clad servers will tarnish Owensboro’s reputation for being a family-friendly town.
One woman outside the location said “You can guarantee we’ll be here to protest if this plan goes through. We’re staying abreast of the situation every step of the way.”
When asked for comment, Mayor Holmes acknowledged that the restaurant may not be well received by locals but it could be popular with visitors. “I think with the building being so close to the bridge we could start a ‘Hooters for Hooisers’ campaign and with the new marina coming people could travel in on their motorboats. There’s a lot of opportunity here.”