Hooters in Fresno appears to be closed for good.
At least at its current location in northeast Fresno across the street from River Park.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office posted an eviction notice Tuesday on the main entrance doors of the restaurant.
Based on documents filed with the Fresno County Superior Court, property owner DeWayne Zinkin claimed Fresno Owl, Inc. (the Valencia-based ownership group that owns Hooters of Fresno) had not paid rent throughout 2019 and owed more than $30,000 in past rent.
It is unclear why the local Hooters franchise hadn’t paid its rent, though it’s been reported that sales at Hooters restaurants across the nation have stagnated in recent years and the number of locations have decreased.
An eviction notice was served to local Hooters management as early as Feb. 13, according to court documents.
Hooters of Fresno, however, had remained opened until this week.
One employee who wished not to be identified said Sunday was the last day Hooters was open.
Nonetheless, employees not privy to the litigation against the local Hooters restaurant showed up to work Monday, as well as Tuesday, only to discover the restaurant doors remained locked.
And now, they’re realizing they might no longer have jobs.
A few customers who tried to eat at Hooters on Tuesday, meanwhile, ended up posting photos of the eviction notice on social media.
Attempts to reach David Chang, president of Hooters of Fresno ownership group, were unsuccessful Tuesday evening.
Looking through the glass front doors and windows of the Hooters restaurant, one could see chairs remained stacked on top of tables. It also appeared that some of the TVs that had been hanging on the walls were removed.
Hooters of Fresno opened in 2004, initially serving as one of the main draws to the Universal Park Shopping Center.
It is unclear if another Hooters restaurant in Fresno will emerge.