CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:HOTR) ("Chanticleer" or the "Company"), a minority owner in the privately-held parent company of the Hooters ® brand, Hooters of America ("HOA"), and a franchisee of international Hooters ® restaurants, announced today its first Hooters ® restaurant in Budapest, Hungary will celebrate its grand opening to the public on August 27, 2012 with a "VIP" opening event set for August 25th. Hooters ® Budapest is located in the middle of Franz Liszt Square, home of the famous Budapest Franz Liszt Academy of Music, one of Europe's oldest and prestigious music academies. The Square is a popular outdoor pedestrian destination, especially during the summer months. The restaurant is situated on a boardwalk nestled between Andrassy Fashion Street and the Kiraly walking street, and is approximately 150 feet away from the Octogon, Budapest's largest thoroughfare - where 3 subway lines, 2 tram lines and 4 bus lines meet. Andrassy Street is known for its high fashion brands from Armani to Davidoff, while Kiraly Street is known for its clubs and bars which cater largely to Budapest's under 30 crowd. Alex Hemingway, CEO of Chanticleer Holdings' European operations, commented, "We are extremely excited to begin our European development strategy of Hooters ® restaurants with the opening of this location in Budapest, Hungary. This leasehold of 7,684 square feet has three levels, two bars, 52 state-of-the-art televisions, and capacity for more than 400 customers, including 150 outside seats. The closest local competitor has less than 10 televisions. We are confident the unique Hooters ® experience will be a success in Budapest." Terry Marks, CEO of Hooters of America, LLC, stated, "The expansion of Hooters into Hungary is a testament to the global attraction of the brand, As a commercial, cultural and transportation hub for the country, Budapest provides the perfect destination for Hooters' great food and iconic hospitality. We are thrilled to open in the beautiful capitol city, marking the 28th international country for Hooters."