If Hooters Isn’t For You, How About A Tallywackers?

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We wrote about the world’s largest Hooters coming to Las Vegas recently, so it’s only fair to inform you of the latest development in dining with a side order of eye candy.

If you're more into 6 pack abs than ‘Bunday Monday,’ a new restaurant named Tallywackers might be more up your alley. The 1st location is set to open next month in Dallas, with any luck in time for Mother's Day.

Inspired by Hooters, the "breastaurant" chain that opened its 1st location in 1983 in Clearwater, this eatery will feature guy eye candy with its appetizers, hot dogs, pasta dishes and what its owner calls comfort foods.

"It's funny that everyone has asked themselves the same question over time when visiting these venues more related with female eye candy: Why isn't there a male equivalent?" owner Rodney Duke told interviewers Wednesday. He said he thought about the idea for a decade, co-owning another bar in the meantime, before pulling the trigger.

And yes, in a coy or not-so-coy way, tallywacker is slang for a man's penis in the same way hooters is a crass name for a woman's breasts.

Earlier this month, Duke had a 5 hr. cattle call in Dallas for prospective employees, promoted on Craigslist. The beefcake bar and grill with a children's menu hasn't opened but already has more than 18,000 likes on Facebook.

Duke wasn't saying exactly who he is hiring but contends that he wants to hire a wide variety of men.

Don't expect Chippendales, the iconic male striptease troupe, he said. Food service and bare chests don't mix in city health officials' eyes. But customers likely will see waiters in tight red T-shirts and a version of a boxer brief, he said. The uniforms are still being designed.

"We're going to be a respectable restaurant," Duke said. "There's not going to be any groping going on. Everyone has a different type," he added. "We want to have eye candy for everyone."

And everyone includes both women and men. More than a few wags in the Dallas area have noted that the Lemmon Avenue restaurant will be in the city's traditional "gaybourhood."

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