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Petitioning Downtown Fort Worth Inc and 3 others

Say No to Hooters in Downtown Fort Worth

Downtown Fort Worth residents have been intentionally deceived about plans for Hooters to occupy City Place Center II at 150 Throckmorton Street

Downtown Fort Worth residents were not given proper notice of a Hooters coming to their neighborhood. To avoid public attention, Jon Ruff, President of Dallas-based Spire Realty Group, leased out the commercial space on 150 Throckmorton Street to Hooters of America under the alias name TW Restaurant Holder, LLC. Spire Realty Group states, “Our comprehensive, creative approach to real estate has become the hallmark of our success.” The creative approach Mr. Ruff has taken to bring Hooters to Downtown Fort Worth has misled residents, businesses, institutions and key stakeholders of the area.

Because of these deceptive tactics, there was no opportunity for public input so that businesses and individuals could voice their concerns prior to TW Restaurant Holder, LLC AKA Hooters of America being granted a liquor license through the TABC.

The Hooters concept does not align with the values, strategic vision, quality or thoughtful planning associated with Downtown Fort Worth. DFWI’s Plan 2023 states that Downtown Fort Worth should be the most vibrant area of the city, built for local residents, highly appealing to out-of-town visitors and include walkable and secure environments. The report goes on to state that “a clean, safe, enjoyable and high quality urban environment will never be a passing fad. Quality attracts investment and thoughtful planning is timeless.” Additionally, DFWI’s plan calls for engaging all ages, creating more opportunities for families and children inhabiting and visiting downtown as well as increased utilization of the Central Public Library for youth and young adult programs.

A Hooters will negatively impact Downtown Fort Worth residents’ quality of life and tarnish the reputation of the city. Downtown Fort Worth residents and visitors, specifically children, should not have to be in close proximity to a sexually-suggestive business as they frequent neighboring commercial, residential, educational and government buildings including Fort Worth Central Library, First Christian Church, Tarrant County Courthouse, The Tower and Sundance West Apartments.

Self-described on their website as having a “pretty face” and that “sex appeal is part of [their] thing,” Hooters exploits, degrades and objectifies women under the guise of a fun, family-friendly restaurant. Hooters has been fined by numerous cities for serving minors and overserving visibly intoxicated patrons. Additionally, in the past three years, over four shootings have occurred in Hooters parking lots.

We object to a Hooters opening at 150 Throckmorton Street and do not wish for similar businesses to open in Downtown Fort Worth.

Now what? Say no to Hooters in Downtown Fort Worth.

Let’s remind City Council, Downtown Fort Worth leaders and Spire Realty Group that they need to honor the vision of Downtown Fort Worth.

Don’t let deceptive and degrading businesses like Hooters compromise citizens' and visitors' safety and sense of decency. Sign this petition and let your voice be heard.

WE NEED YOUR HELP:

The Downtown Design Review Board (DDRB) will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, January 28. Fort Worth citizens can come to express opposition regarding the Hooters development. We need as many Fort Worth residents as possible to come to the meeting to voice their concerns! This is the last opportunity for your voice to be heard. The DDRB meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street in the Pre-Council Chambers on the 2nd floor.

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EMAIL Spire Realty Group, elected officials and leaders in Downtown Fort Worth with your concerns and the link to this petition:

Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. President Andy Taft, andy@dfwi.org

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Betsy.Price@fortworthtexas.gov

Fort Worth Councilman Ann Zadeh, district9@fortworthtexas.gov

Texas Representative Charlie Geren Charlie.Geren@house.state.tx.us

Spire Realty Group, L.P.  President, Jon Ruff jonr@spirerealty.com

Sample Letter to:

Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. President Andy Taft, Mayor Betsy Price, Councilman Ann Zadeh. Representative Charlie Geren, Spire Realty Group, L.P.  President, Jon Ruff

I am opposed to Hooters opening at 150 Throckmorton Street in Downtown Fort Worth and I shall not be a patron of the location should it open. I do not believe that Hooters, or any similar sexually-suggestive businesses, align with the strategic vision of Downtown Fort Worth. This vision states Downtown Fort Worth should be the most vibrant area of the city, built for local residents, highly appealing to out-of-town visitors, include walkable and secure environment and calls for engaging all ages. Additionally, the vision is intended to create more opportunities for families and children inhabiting and visiting downtown. Hooters has been fined by many cities for serving minors and over serving visibly intoxicated patrons. Over the last three years alone, four shootings have occurred in Hooters parking lots. Additionally, Hooters exploits, degrades and objectifies women under the guise of a fun restaurant. I believe that a Hooters opening in Downtown Fort Worth will negatively impact residents’ safety, quality of life and tarnish the reputation of the city. Downtown Fort Worth residents and visitors, specifically children, should not have to be in close proximity to a sexually-suggestive business as they frequent neighboring commercial, residential, educational and government buildings including Fort Worth Central Library, First Christian Church, Tarrant County Courthouse, The Tower and Sundance West.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Downtown Fort Worth Inc
  • City of Fort Worth
  • Jon Ruff
  • Spire Realty Group

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