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The Bar that made a Movie.


The Coyote Ugly Saloon is an American drinking establishment and the namesake of an international chain of bars, known for its bartenders dancing on the bar. It served as the setting for the 2000 movie Coyote Ugly.


The original Coyote Ugly Saloon opened January 27, 1993, in New York City, after New York University alumna Liliana Lovell declined an internship on Wall Street for a career as a bartender.[1]

In 2001, the second Coyote Ugly Saloon opened in Las Vegas at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino, as a franchise operation.[1] In 2002, a new company-owned bar opened in New Orleans' French Quarter. In 2003, Lovell relocated from New York City to New Orleans to run that bar and be involved in day-to-day corporate operations.

In 2004, the company opened additional corporate-owned locations in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, and a franchised location in Destin, Florida. In 2005, the company opened additional corporate-owned locations in Denver, Colorado and in 2006 in Memphis, Tennessee. In June 2009, the first new Coyote Ugly in three years opened in Oklahoma City.[2] In 2009, Coyote Ugly began an international franchise program with a multi-unit license deal in Russia and opened their first franchised bar abroad in Moscow, Russia and another in Koblenz, Germany with a different party. Following the Moscow opening, the franchisees in Russia opened in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010 followed by Kazan, Russia in 2011 and Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2012. In 2014, the company opened their newest bar in San Diego, California. In 2015, the Coyote Ugly franchisee in Russia opened their fifth location in Sochi. As of 2016 Coyote Ugly was scheduled to open new bars abroad with franchise agreements in the UK, Kyrgyzstan, and Japan as well as a corporate-owned bar in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was scheduled to open in mid-September 2016 followed by Cardiff, Wales in the UK in early October 2016 and Ft. Worth in November 2016. Those openings would bring the number in the chain to 24.


The bar reached national prominence in 1997 when former bartender Elizabeth Gilbert wrote of her experiences in an article for GQ magazine, titled "The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon". Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's company bought the rights to the story from Lovell, and he produced the movie Coyote Ugly, based on the article. The film was shot on a set in Los Angeles, with exteriors filmed in Manhattan. Coyote Ugly opened in August 2000 with Maria Bello in the role of Lovell and Piper Perabo as an aspiring songwriter in New York City who becomes the newest "Coyote". It grossed more than $110 million worldwide.


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