When you think of the Hooter’s chain of restaurants, usually two things come to mind. The skimpily attired waitresses that the chain restaurant is known for and their famous chicken wings. Actually, scrap that, it’s usually more because of the waitresses than the chicken wings.
Whatever the case though, you would never think about work when you mention the name Hooters. That might change a little with this development in Japan. The Hooters Ginza branch in Tokyo will not only be serving up hot wings now but also serve as a co-working space.
This unusual arrangement is the result of the cooperation between Hooters and Spacee, a Japanese space rental app. Spacee’s main objective is to work with Japanese eateries to offer rentable work areas during the off-peak hours of the restaurants.
The service boasts that “Working in a different environment from an ordinary office can boost productivity, as well as promote the development of new ideas.”
We wonder just what sort of ideas will be developed while working in a rather distracting environment like Hooters. The co-working space at Hooters Ginza, Tokyo has been available for rent since March 23 and 20 seats in the restaurant have been designated as Spacee workstations. Don’t expect any PCs though since this is still a Hooters restaurant, the workstation in question usually means a desk and internet connectivity.
7pmThe charges are just 50 yen (around RM1.80) per 30-minute blocks but it’s totally free if the user is a student. However, for that, they’ll need to also be accompanied by a guardian if especially if they’re under 18. While renting the workspace under Spacee, users are in no way obliged to order anything.
However, if Spacee users are thirsty, selected beverages can be purchased at a discount. The workspaces in Hooters are available during off-peak hours which is between 1pm to 7pm.
The concept of utilising restaurants during their off-peak periods is actually a pretty novel idea. It’s a win-win situation for the restaurants and users as it allows the restaurants to get some modicum of business during off-peak hours and it provides a relatively comfortable place for users to work and study in.
We could argue that you could do the same thing at a cafe, but sometimes that ends up with the cafe operator giving you dirty looks when you stretch that single cup of coffee for a good 5 hours.