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Finally, After 60 Years

4:58 PM, May 19, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Israel gets its first Hooters:

Ofer Ahiraz, a gray-haired 48-year-old, wears a finely-pressed white button-down shirt and flashes a warm, all-around-good-guy smile. He and his wife Ilana live with their three children, ages 17 to 22, in Givatayim. They opened the Hooters franchise last November, putting Israel on the list of over 40 nations that have imported the American icon.

Ilana, also 48, is not a waitress, although her admiration for the Hooters girls is clear - especially since the Ahirazes' daughter, Gal, works as head waitress and trainer. Like any good Jewish parents, the Ahirazes sent their eldest daughter to college - at Hooters University in Atlanta, Georgia, where Gal studied for three months to learn the principles behind the Hooters mystique.

I wonder if that campus has a Hillel center?

Update: A reader emails with this fun fact:

Note that the name of the town Givatayim translates, fittingly, to "two hills."