Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko is bringing an American tradition back to his native Russia: wings served by scantily clad women.
The 33-year-old NBA veteran plans to open five Hooters restaurants in Moscow, with the first set to open April 28. Kirilenko will kick-start the Atlanta-based chain in Russia under a franchise agreement with Hooters of America Inc., which now has roughly 350 locations in the U.S. and another 60 worldwide.
“Russians and Americans are more alike than different — huge sports fans who are looking for great food and good times,” Kirilenko told Bloomberg News. “When you’ve got waitresses that look like ours, it’s a slam dunk.”
Kirilenko, also known as AK-47, missed most of this season because of injuries. He’s currently under a two-year, $6.3 million contract with the Nets.
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