It’s that time of year when, even more than usual, Angelenos think about going to Las Vegas every single weekend. There’s the April 23-26 Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit festival for food lovers, the May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout that promises to be the biggest weekend in Vegas history (see everyone there, right?), and the start of pool season, fueled by beats from the most prominent DJs, at some of the world’s sexiest day clubs.
But we’re not really here to talk about that today. Today we bring you the most Vegas news we’ve encountered in a long while: The world’s largest Hooters is opening poolside at the Palms casino resort this spring. The space will be more than 15,000 square feet with plans to seat more than 500 guests. The Hooters pool bar is scheduled to open in early May, and the two-story indoor dining room should debut soon after that.
This writer has spent enough time at the Palms pool over the years to tell you that things can get raucous there even without Hooters waitresses. The hotel’s legendary Ditch Fridays debauchery fest is still going strong every week and will live on after Hooters opens with its chicken wings and nearly 50 TVs.
This Hooters is part of an aggressive, impressive makeover at the Palms, which also includes sleek new rooms and an outpost of famed Chicago chef Tony Hu’s Lao Sze Chuan, where fiery dishes like the Szechuan peppercorn fish and dry chile chicken have diners blissfully sweating indoors.
So the Palms will soon be a place where visitors can choose between buffalo wings at Hooters or San Gabriel Valley-worthy, Chengdu-style chicken. Or they can just eat both. That’s the point of Vegas. There’s no reason to limit yourself.