Starting New Years’ Eve, Hogan’s Beach, the name of Hulk Hogan’s new restaurant at the Best Western Bay Harbor hotel in Tampa, will be home to three separate food menus, a 360-seat bar and restaurant, a white sand beach and a mechanical shark ride. But Hogan and partner Ben Mallah aren’t just opening the restaurant – there will be a masquerade party on the last night of the 2012 calendar year.
Because this isn’t just any restaurant. This is like, 10 times better than other restaurants. Let the man himself tell you all about it (via the Tampa Bay Times):
“It’s going to be Jimmy Buffet’s [Margaritaville] times 10; Hooters times 10. It’s a logical extension of the Hogan brand, with my image and likeness. We’re looking for something like Winter the Dolphin. In 36 years I’ve become so tangible to the public, and not just Americans. We have a chance to have an international draw.”
You hear that? Tangible to the public. So just go out and touch Hulk Hogan. Foreigners, too. Don’t be afraid. Right on those biceps. And film it, if you wouldn’t mind.
As for Hogan’s role with the restaurant, he’s using all of his fake general manager-ing experience to help him real general manage.
“I see myself almost like a general manager, creatively. I play a fake general manager on Impact Wrestling. But this is for real.”
It’s like, totally the same thing.