Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Former Utah Jazz players Andrei Kirilenko (47) and Deron Williams (8) listen to the National Anthem, before the Utah Jazz vs. The Brooklyn Nets game, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Andrei Kirilenko bringing Hooters to Russia

STAFF AND WIRE REPORT

First Published Apr 26 2014 06:14 pm • Last Updated Apr 26 2014 08:10 pm

The restaurant chain Hooters announced last week that it will open its first Russian location, in Moscow, on Monday.

Why would anyone in Utah care, you ask?

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Because former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets, is teaming up with Hooters to open five locations in the next few years. The Moscow location has hired dozens of Hooters Girls to serve up the brand’s famous chicken wings.

"Like Americans, Russians are huge sports fans that are excited about an upbeat dining experience that combines sports, delicious food and, of course, the Hooters Girls," Kirilenko said. "Hooters is the perfect fusion of all three, so it only makes sense to bring this legendary concept to my home country."

Kirilenko said many Russians know of the Hooters brand from Hollywood films, and acknowledges it will be a challenge to dispel the nation "that it’s a strip bar."

Irina Shayk, the cover model for Sport Illustrated’s 2011 swimsuit issue and the girlfriend of Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, said she would work as a waitress at the Moscow Hooters for a week after it opens, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

"Russians and Americans are more alike than different — huge sports fans who are looking for great food and good times," Kirilenko said. "When you’ve got waitresses that look like ours, it’s a slam dunk." (Pun probably intended.)

Kirilenko may not make Monday’s grand opening as his Nets play at home Sunday, then travel to Toronto for Wednesday’s game.

Kirilenko’s wife, famous for giving him a yearly "free pass," seems to be on board. Masha Lopatova, who is a pop singer in Russia, has promoted the Moscow Hooters grand opening on her Instagram account.


story continues below
story continues below



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.