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‘Breastaurants’ follow Hooters lead but downplay ogle aspect

“They’re at an angle because they’re at a pool table,” he says. “When you’re in the restaurant, you won’t see that. She’ll be standing.”

No matter how hard they try to open their doors to a wider audience, Hooters and its rivals remain the subject of criticism.

“If it’s an adult entertainment business, that’s fine,” says Mona Lisa Wallace, president of the San Francisco chapter of the National Organization for Women. “Where they’re crossing the line is when they expose young children to the objectification of women.”

Not every chain is defensive about the reputation of “breastaurants.”

“We hire only spectacular talent,” said Rod Lynch, CEO of Tilted Kilt. “They have to fit into that costume.”

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