Central Albertans will soon be able to munch on Irish nachos, Gaelic chicken, shepherd’s pie and a variety of other British Isles-themed dishes. And they’ll have a choice of 36 draft beers and an assortment of bottled beverages with which to wash that food down.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is slated to open this week in Bower Plaza, at 2325 Gaetz Ave. It will occupy the former premises of Cork’d Taphouse & Grill, which closed on July 1 to make way for the new franchised pub.
In addition to its ethnic theme, the Arizona-based chain is know for its “kilt girls” — who wear short plaid skirts and matching tops.
“I think Tilted Kilt is a great fit for Red Deer,” said local franchisee Darren McArthur. “We’re just kind of appealing to everybody.”
Founded in Las Vegas in 2003, the pub has spread to more than 100 locations in North America, including Calgary, Edmonton and Sherwood Park.
“It’s just kind of starting to come up here,” said McArthur, adding that the chain is expanding rapidly.
The Red Deer Tilted Kilt will consist of about 6,400 square feet, and employ approximately 80 people, he said.
“I think we’ve got 44 kilt girls alone.”
He expects service to be one of the big attractions of the business.
“That’s what we pride ourselves on — and great pub food.”
Tilted Kilt’s draft selection will range from domestics to imports to products from microbreweries like Grizzly Paw Brewing Company in Canmore, said McArthur.
“It’s just a wide variety of pretty much everything.”
Tilted Kilt will be open seven days a week, typically from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.