Famed bar Coyote Ugly set to go wild abroad
The 22-year-old bar, which started on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, operates 14 bars in the US and is ramping up its expansion overseas.
Last year, privately held Coyote Ugly generated $60 million in revenues, according to its founder, Liliana Lovell.
“I realized that our company is well known outside of America when hundreds of infringers copied us and we had to take legal action,” said Lovell, who just inked franchising deals for the brand in Sochi, Russia, and is close to finalizing agreements in Montreal and Wales.
There are six Coyote Ugly bars now outside the US, and Lovell hopes to have 15 in the near future.
Known for its singing, scantily clad waitresses, aka “Coyotes,” who regularly sing and dance atop the bar, the chain gained a cult following after the 2000 movie, which was followed by a reality show on CMT.
Lovell is opening the 15th bar in the US in Fort Worth, Texas, in April.