Arnold Kreijfelt from the Netherlands knew the perfect place to propose to his girlfriend Jessenia Motta.
It was the same spot they had their first date — Hooters of Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale, about 4,600 miles from Kreijfelt's home. The pair met there in person in November. Motta lives in Fort Lauderdale. The couple initially met via Facebook Messenger in October 2013, Kreijflelt told Hooters.
They chose the restaurant at Motta's suggestion after Kreijfelt arrived in South Florida on that first visit in November. She loves their New England Clam Chowder soup, he said.
"I was awake for almost 24 hours with the time difference." The soup, Kreijfelt figured, "would sit well on my long traveled stomach."
He's since visited South Florida four times to see Motta. Each time, on the day of his arrival, they'd dine at that Hooters at the same table whenever possible, he said.
Two months ago, Kreijfelt sent Hooters' management a request that he wanted to pop the question at the restaurant and bar, the chain known for its wings, beer and skimpy servers' outfits.
He picked Wednesday as the chosen day. Hooters, in response, set up an ocean-view table with candles and roses —and a bottle of ketchup, of course.
Amid applause from the staff, Kreijfelt did the traditional drop-to-a-knee stance and, in a video by Hooters, he is seen proposing to Motta, who nods her head in the affirmative.
"We want to congratulate the couple on their engagement. We were thrilled to be a part of their memorable moment and proposal when they came back to visit Hooters in Fort Lauderdale," said Kristi Quarles, Hooters' marketing director.