March 16, 2016

Association congratulates Hooters of America for VIBE VISTA Award for responsible alcohol service

Chicago -- The National Restaurant Association today congratulated Hooters of America on receiving the 2016 VIBE VISTA Award for Best Responsible Alcohol Service Program. The restaurant received the award at the VIBE (Very Important Beverage Executives) conference in San Diego, Calif. The award is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association.

“We congratulate Hooters of America on their dedication to training their staff to sell and serve alcohol responsibly,” said Sherman Brown, Senior Vice President of Business and Financial Strategy for the National Restaurant Association. “They have utilized the ServSafe Alcohol program to ensure their employees are prepared to handle any situation with the care and safety of their guests in mind.”

“At Hooters of America LLC., responsible alcohol service is at the forefront of how we care for our guests and ServSafe Alcohol provides first class training,” said Terri Hoskins, Chief Human Resources Officer for Hooters of America. “ServSafe Alcohol certification is a condition of hire for all front-of-the-house and management team members, except where state law requires a state mandated program.” 

“We utilize the ServSafe online training program in states which allows us to ensure that team members are certified at Orientation. In states that require in-person classroom certifications, these classrooms are offered every two weeks to ensure team members are certified within their first 30 days of employment,” Hoskins added.

Operators were asked to submit materials and supporting details used in their beverage promotions to the faculty at Johnson & Wales University. Awards were given for both Multi-Unit Chain Restaurants and for Hotels, Casinos & Cruise Lines.

The nominations were judged on creating positive initiatives that spark beverage sales, innovations that contribute to operational efficiencies, and training and service programs that lead to the highest quality standards and operational practices. The award for responsible beverage alcohol service highlights effective server training programs that emphasize ongoing reinforcement of training and a culture of responsible alcohol sales.

ServSafe Alcohol offers training solutions to restaurant employees in responsible alcohol service. The training program teaches employees about their personal responsibility, and how to recognize signs of intoxication in guests and manage service accordingly.

To learn more about the NRA’s ServSafe program, visit ServSafe.com.

About Hooters of America, LLC
Hooters of America, LLC, is the franchisor and operator of more than 420 Hooters restaurants in 42 states and 26 countries. Known for its world famous Hooters Style chicken wings, the first Hooters opened its doors in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Expectations were so modest at the time that the simple fact the doors opened was deemed worthy of a toast. Since then millions have been liberated from the ordinary at Hooters while enjoying great food, fun and one-of-a-kind hospitality that can only be served up by the Hooters Girls. For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.Twitter.com/Hooterswww.Facebook.com/Hooters, www.Instagram.com/Hooters or on Snapchat at “hootersLIVE”.

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.6 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.