Hooters is leaving its nest in York City.

The restaurant at 703 Loucks Road closed to customers Tuesday night, according to Manager Jeremy McMillion.

McMillion was at the sports bar Wednesday morning, handing out paychecks to employees, before the doors closed for good.

A sign was placed on the front door, thanking customers for their patronage.

Though the sign explained the restaurant is "closed for good as of now," McMillion couldn't confirm a reopening date or that the location would reopen at all.

Bankruptcy documents filed in Virginia and Pennsylvania might indicate why Hooters closed.

The restaurant's Richmond-based franchisee, Cornett Hospitality LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November.

Documents filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia reveal the restaurateur owed creditors between $1 million and $10 million.

The company also has filings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Among its debts, Cornett Hospitality owes $396,000 to Hooters of America Inc., $384,000 to the Internal Revenue Service and $157, 298.82 to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

In addition to the York location, the franchisee owns three Hooters restaurants in Pennsylvania in Mechanicsburg, Monroeville and Wyomissing.

Cornett Hospitality owners, and the attorneys representing company, could not be immediately reached for comment.


- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.