"Some people may say it's controversial, especially the theme I've chosen, but at the end of the day, little girls wear swimming costumes to the beach all summer, and that's not a controlled environment. The environment my kids go in is a controlled environment and it is ticket-entry only," explains 33-year-old unemployed mother of two Leann when discussing her decision to dress up her 4-year-old daughter Scarlett as a waitress from Hooters. Scarlett competes in beauty pageants. Obviously.
As temperatures continue to skyrocket into the low to mid-sixties up and down the East Coast, many beautiful and strange-looking women will soon find themselves faced with the eternal conundrum of summer: how to deal with a too-hot boob. Luckily for some, the NYPD is here to remind us that anything goes in New Boob City! Whip off that top. Wipe off that top-colored body paint. Awkwardly unhook that bra with one hand unless the hook is stuck in which case pull it over your head but be careful not to stretch it. You cannot be detained, arrested, or fined for going topless in public in New York.
Considering that Mother's Day founder Anna Jarvis ended up rejecting her creation due to the holiday's hyper-commercialization, and spent the rest of her life campaigning against it, one might assume she would have bone to pick with anyone who took Hooters up on their special Mother's Day offer of free boneless wings for moms.
News 9 weatherman Ashton Altieri must have practiced congratulating his colleague Corey Rose on a major victory by her beloved Indiana team a dozen times: Great job by the Hoosiers, Corey. Be specific Congratulations on the big win by the Hoosiers, Corey. Make it more personal. Congratulations to your Hoosiers, Corey. I got this. Congratulations on your big win, Corey. Hoosiers. Congratulations on your big Hoosiers win, Corey. I'm gonna do great. Hoosiers. I'm a star. Let's roll camera.
In keeping with its role as America's official restaurant, Hooters has created a one-minute 9/11 commemorative video in which some of its orange-clad server-troops honor our nation's blue- and camouflage-clad service-troops. Hooters' business rival Canz apparently failed to release any such video, and therefore does not care about the troops.
Rep. Julia Hurley, 29, is a freshman legislator from Tennessee who once worked as a waitress at a Hooters restaurant. Yeah, so what. You got a problem with it? As she recently told Hooters Magazine (it's like The Economist, but with articles about onion rings and large breasts), "I have taken quite a bit of flack from the public at large during my run for State House in Tennessee for being a Hooters Girl. But I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful." Right on, Rep. Hurley! Unfortunately, though, her political career has gotten off to a not-so-auspicious start.
• The week in reviews: Sam Sifton of the Times gives Danny Meyer's Maialino two stars; Steve Cuozzo of the Post heads to Maialino, too, giving it three stars; Gael Greene also covers Mayer's latest creation; Time Out's Jay Cheshes hits the Breslin; Alan Richman of GQ shares his passion for César Ramirez's work at Brooklyn Kitchen; and Danyelle Freeman reviews Rye in Williamsburg.
• New/upcoming: Soho tapas spot Ñ has opened a second location in Dumbo; Scott Conant is turning the Cooper Square Hotel bar into a casual cafe and plans to open it next month; and a Hooters may be coming to Brooklyn.
• Offal is all the rage right now, in case you weren't aware. [NYO]
• There were lots of leftovers following last week's Tavern on the Green auction, so a "last-chance bargain sale" is now scheduled for next week. [NYT]
• Some Valentine's Day dining suggestions if you're planning ahead. [Zagat]
• Pizzeria Uno has filed for chapter undici bankruptcy protection. [Eater]
• Can you picture Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse serving eats out of a food truck? The opportunity to see them slum it together arrives on Feb. 8. [GS]