Parents in Spring Branch are upset that popular, "mountain themed" breastaurant Twin Peaks has announced plans to open a new location at Kirkwood and I-10. They claim that the restaurant, which features women in skimpy outfits and super cold beer, is too close to a number of Spring Branch ISD schools, including Stratford High School, Meadow Wood Elementary and Wilchester Elementary.
Candice Corley tells KTRK reporter Miya Shay that she "went to their Facebook page and was shocked that it was coming into the neighborhood." Because, apparently, a picture of women in cleavage-revealing, lumberjack-style flannel shirts is still "shocking" in 2014.
"This is just too close for our community and our kids. You just never know what could happen," Stephanie Parker added.
But exactly "what" those things are that "could happen" is unclear. Certainly children without drivers licenses can't just wander over to the restaurant unsupervised, and high school students have probably seen far more scandalous images on the Internet. The Twin Peaks location on Kirby is only about a mile or so from St. John's School, Lamar High School and Poe Elementary. Yet there are no media reports of a spike in delinquency associated with the restaurant.
"This is just too close for our community and our kids. You just never know what could happen."
Despite the controversy, Twin Peaks is moving forward with construction and hiring. In a statement provided to CultureMap, the company responds with: "Twin Peaks understands and appreciates the concerns of the Houston School District, we have worked directly with the appropriate parties to meet the local zoning compliance for the opening of our mountain lodge-themed sports restaurant.
"We have always been respectful to citizens and the communities in which we service and love being great partners in the community. We are excited to open our doors in a few weeks."
The restaurant has also contributed more than $50,000 to charities such as breast cancer organization The Rose and the American Diabetes Association. All supported by the mostly male patrons who like pretty girls in skimpy outfits and cold beer.
How could a group of mothers be upset about that?