Cooter’s @ Hooters – OPEN

/ Updated on April 27, 2017

Well, I originally reported this was coming back in April 2016 (YES, 2016!), and lo and behold, Cooter Brown’s Twisted Southern Kitchen has finally opened in the old Hooter’s spot on the second level of First Street Station at First and The Avenue. They promise “Southern Cookin’ with a Twist,” and some of the pics on their FB page (which seems to strangely disappear then reappear then disappear again) seem to bear that out. Initial feedback is that the outside is very inviting. This installation is part of the Crabby Dick’s group, and includes 2 Crabbys (the other one is in Delaware City), Buster Nutts and Cooter Brown’s.

Legend (and Wikipedia) suggest that Cooter Brown is a name used in metaphors and similes for drunkenness, mostly in the Southern United States. Cooter Brown supposedly lived on the line which divided the North and South during the American Civil War, making him eligible for military draft by either side. He had family on both sides of the line, so he did not want to fight in the war. He decided to get drunk and stay drunk for the duration of the war so that he would be seen as useless for military purposes and would not be drafted. Ever since, colloquial and proverbial ratings of drunkenness have been benchmarked against the legendary drinker: “as drunk as Cooter Brown” or “drunker than Cooter Brown”

It will take excellent management, great food and even better service to pull it off – that location is challenging. The Foodie will, as always, keep you posted.

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  1. Cindy says:

    We walked up to check it out over the weekend. First observation is that the place is HUGE. Second is that I love what they did with the outside!! It is very inviting and I can’t wait to try it out! Southern cooking isn’t my favorite, often very heavy, but will definitely give it a try!!

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