It was no surprise to anyone in New York that the out-of-the-gate buzz on Hawaiian Tropic Zone zeroed in on the waitresses’ uniforms: itsy bitsy bikinis and vibrantly colored sarongs designed by Nicole Miller that leave the Hooters girls’ outfits looking prim by comparison. To be sure, Dennis Riese, co-owner of the Times Square restaurant and chief executive of the multiunit Riese Organization, acknowledges that Hawaiian Tropic Zone’s assemblage of well-tanned waitresses ...

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