Hooters restaurant to open in Portage

The construction side of a new Hooters restaurant in Portage.

A Hooters is coming to AmeriPlex at the Port in Portage.

The restaurant chain, which has locations in Schererville and Merrillville, is known for its scantily clad female servers and chicken wings. A plan to bring a Hooters to the business park in Portage dates back to at least 2006, but construction only recently began.

Schererville-based commercial real estate firm Latitude Commercial sold the property where the Hooters is under construction to a local investor for $3.3 million.

“The property comes with a long-term lease that was signed at closing and is backed by a very reputable company,” Latitude Commercial Senior Vice President Brett McDermott said. “It is a strong investment for the buyer given the price point and the length of the lease.”

South Bend-based Holladay Construction Group is building a $2.2 million stand-alone sit-down restaurant and sports bar at 1665 Olmsted Drive in the AmeriPlex complex, which already includes dining options like El Salto, LongHorn Steakhouse, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Subway, DQ Grill and Chill, and the Islamorada Fish Co. at Bass Pro Shops.

The mixed-used business park on Ind. 249 between Interstate 94 and the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in Portage also is home to many large industrial employers like MonoSol, Fronius and Graycor.

Atlanta-based Hooters of America LLC will own the new 5,600-square-foot eatery, which is expected to be finished by January. It will be south of the Country Inn and Suites hotel on the southwest side of the park.

Hooters operates more than 430 restaurants worldwide.

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Business reporter

Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.