In the past 10 years, some of America’s biggest food chains have lost more than 50% of their sales and have closed hundreds of locations nationwide.
Restaurants such as Big Boy, Ponderosa and Bennigan’s, have failed to update their brand or menu options, and many of their locations have been closed to make way for new eateries.
The failure of these large food chains has paved the way for a booming niche in the struggling restaurant industry known as “breastaurants“, or sports bars that feature scantily clad waitresses.
Here is a list of the top ten brestaurants:
(Courtesy of the Huffington Post).
10) Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke
Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke is a BBQ joint with five Texas locations. Its website breaks down its appeal: “BBQ, BEER AND DADDY’S GIRLS.”
9) Shorty’s Bar and Grill
Shorty’s Bar and Grill describes itself as a family-friendly restaurant, but its waitresses — the Shorty Girls — always serve up fare wearing country-ified getups. Its website describes them as being of a “country girl-next door type.” The place’s “Big A$$” burger holds a hallowed place on the menu.
8) Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill
Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill gets its name from its waitresses, who serve up wings, burgers and more in tiny swimsuits. The first of its 12 locations in Texas, North Carolina and Oklahoma was founded in 2001.
7) Cowgirls Espresso
Seattle-based Cowgirl Espresso is a coffee kiosk manned by baristas in barely-there ensembles. Costumes change depending on the day’s theme; there’s Military Mondays, Cowgirl Tuesdays, Bikini Wednesdays, School Girl Thursdays and Fantasy Fridays.
Show-Me’s 16 locations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky serves up classic sports bar dishes with the tagline, “Show-Me’s, when you have an appetite for fun.”
5) Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
The Tilted Kilt, a Celtic-themed sports bar chain founded in 2003, has 65 locations across the country. Waitresses are decked out in “mini-kilts” and push-up bras, and it’s tagline is, “A cold beer never looked so good.”
4) Mugs ‘N Jugs
Mugs ‘N Jugs has two Florida locations and serves sports bar fare like wings, burgers and sandwiches. The waitresses wear tank tops and shorts. The restaurant has a game room, pool table and karaoke. Sales grew to $3 million in 2008, from $700,000 in 1998, but have since declined because of the recession.
3) Man Cave
Man Cave is a Norman, Oklahoma eatery that’s exactly what it sounds like. Wings and pizza are menu mainstays.
2) Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks is a chain based in Texas, with 24 locations in 10 states. The “ultimate man cave” is attended by the Twin Peaks girls, whose serve up patrons in skimpy outfits. The menu includes dishes like pulled pork BBQ nachos, homestyle meatloaf and buffalo wings.
Hooters opened in 1983 and has grown to more than 460 locations across 44 states. Chicken wings are the restaurant’s specialty, but the menu also includes hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks and seafood entrees.
Even though Hooters pioneered the “breastaurant” concept in the 1980s, the chain is currently struggling. In April, to breath new life into the chain, Hooters improved its menu with items such as a Baja burger, buffalo chicken sliders and a spinach and shrimp salad.