A Celtic-themed sports pub that’s been described as “Hooters with a Scottish twist” is coming to Red Deer.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is slated to open in the former premises of Cork’d Taphouse & Grill, in Bower Plaza at 2325 Gaetz Ave. Darren McArthur, who was the managing partner of Cork’d and will serve in the same role at the new pub, said a mid-September opening is planned.
Tilted Kilt’s corporate website says it draws from “the rousing tradition of Scottish, Irish and English pubs. Menu items range from traditional pub appetizers and salads to entrees like pizza and Irish stew; beverage options include dozens of draught and bottled beers, as well as mixed drinks, shooters and wines.
The chain, which operate in Canada and the United States, is best known for its “Kilt Girls” with their short plaid skirts and matching bras. The first outlet opened in Las Vegas in 2003.
“Tilted Kilt is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world right now,” said McArthur, who has worked in the pub industry for about 25 years.
“This is just a good fit for Red Deer.”
It was tough to bid farewell to Cork’d, which McArthur opened in early 2011. But he’s enthused about the opportunities Tilted Kilt will bring.
“It’s just moving forward and on to more exciting things.” McArthur said he was impressed with what he saw at other Tilted Kilt locations, and is confident the brand will draw customers. It brings a better mix of food and a wider selection of draught beers than Cork’d was able to, he added.
Cork’d ceased operations on July 1, with extensive renovations now planned.
“It’s an absolute complete makeover,” said McArthur.