CRESTVIEW — On Sunday, the Crestview community will say goodbye to the Hooters restaurant located off of State Road 85 after 15 years of hot wings and football. However, it could be a temporary farewell.
The closure comes after Hooters could not come to an agreement with the new landlord, according to Larry Fox, Hooters managing member.
The landlord who previously owned the property sold it over a year ago, Fox said.
Fox also said the Crestview branch had not been performing as well as other locations, which he believed was due to the building's location.
"That property is extremely hard to get in with all the traffic on 85," Fox said.
However, Fox said they have been looking for another location in Crestview with better access.
"We're in a transition phase, and hopefully, we can find a location very soon," Fox said.
All employees were notified a few weeks ago and given the opportunity to work in other Hooters locations including those in Destin, Panama City, and Pensacola, according to Fox.
"We've got an unbelievable staff," Fox said. "It's easy for us to build a building. It's next to impossible for us to staff it with good employees."
Fox said there is no time frame at the moment for when Hooters will open again in Crestview.