Report: Sabathia backs rival to Hooters
Yankee ace CC Sabathia is throwing his weight behind a brash new Manhattan boob-and-beer joint as it prepares for a fresh round of brawling with Hooters.
The burly Bomber has signed on as part owner of a new Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse restaurant set to open Friday night in the Midtown neighborhood Murray Hill, the New York Post reported. Subtly known as Canz, the small but ambitious chain is already warring with Hooters in Queens and on Long Island.
“CC and I have been friends for years,” said Steven Ferraro, who founded the brand with partner Tim Lorito. “This is a business venture for him. His two passions are food and sports, so this is a good fit.”
Sabathia is expected to attend the opening-night bash, but Ferraro said his pitching pal’s New York investment should not signal an intention to stay in The Bronx as the pitcher decides whether to opt out of his Yankee contract.
“All I can tell you is that CC loves New York and he loves being a Yankee. We’ll see what happens,” Ferraro said.
Canz claims to have poached nearly 50 famed Hooters girls, with Ferraro arguing they grew tired of oppressive working conditions and constant pressure to stay rail thin.
“We have better working conditions, and that’s why they come here,” he said.
Hooters reps in Florida did not return calls for comment, but a Midtown Hooters gal said bring it on.