New Tilted Kilt Franchise Opens In Lewisville

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lewisville will soon have its own little Celtic world with the opening of Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.

The restaurant is set to open in January and will be located at 2290 Stemmons Freeway in the old Bennigans building. Tilted Kilt will offer classic Celtic décor, traditional pub food and sports. The sports bar honors the old public houses of America, England, Scotland and Ireland.

"We try to keep as close to the Scottish/Irish theme as possible," said Thomas Caudle, manager of the new Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. "We have standard Irish and Scottish food, beer and décor." The opening of Tilted Kilt has created 250 new jobs in the Lewisville area. The restaurant is currently hiring wait staff or "cast members" as they are known at Tilted Kilt. It is also still hiring bartenders and kitchen staff. Cast members are all female and wear mini-kilts made of the Tilted Kilt's own registered tartan plaid, a starched camp shirt, sporran, stockings and flashings.

"Initially, guests are drawn in for the girls. But what keeps them coming back is the great food, the selection of drinks and the unbeatable atmosphere," said Tilted Kilt President Ron Lynch. "This is a modern sports pub that carries out the traditions of old-world pubs, one burger and one beer at a time." Caudle said the restaurant experience follows the theme of a theatrical production. Cast members audition for the job. He said the restaurant is looking for people who are engaging and have a warm personality. Cast members are trained to be the "star" and the act starts the minute a guest walks through the door. "We tell our cast members that they are here to entertain the guests," Caudle said. "We want to wow our guests. We spend an extensive amount of time training our cast members to become onstage personalities." Caudle said he has just begun to hire cast members. Those interested may download an application online and stop by the restaurant to schedule an audition.

"Every cast member does an audition. We're looking for personality, and we're looking for people who can sit with our guests and be able create a friendly atmosphere," Caudle said. "There is a ‘Cheers' mentality here, and our cast members create that." Even though the wait staff is all female, Caudle said the restaurant hires men and women bartenders. The male cast members also wear Titled Kilt's signature kilt.

"We put a huge emphasis on recruiting warm personalities and training staff to make connections with every guest," Lynch said. "From start to finish, our guests keep coming back because they feel part of the production." Caudle said the restaurant offers a reasonably priced menu that is a mix of traditional pub food like fish like chips, shepherds pie, drunken clams, meatloaf and pasta dishes. The bar is stocked with 28 beers on tap and 28 bottled beers from around the world.

"We try to get at least one beer from around the world," Caudle said. "We try to keep it diverse." The décor and architectural features at Tilted Kilt are reminiscent of old world, traditional pubs in Ireland and Scotland. The bar is made of dark mahogany wood and restaurant features stained glass doors and wainscoting. It also has pool tables, dart boards and large plasma TVs.

"Our TVs and audio system is high definition and state-of-the-art," Caudle said. "We have four projection screens and all our TVs are at least 50 inches. We plan to show a variety of sports and news. We're also looking into doing ‘theme' nights with television shows." Caudle said the restaurant is not just a sports pub but a place to bring the whole family.

"This is a kid-friendly place," Caudle said. "Our cast members entertain the kids just like they do the parents. In fact our main focus is to engage the kids and make them happy." No Celtic themed restaurant would be complete without a St. Patrick's Day event, but Titled Kilt goes beyond just one day of celebration. The 17th of every month is "St. Practice Day" at Titled Kilt. Caudle said the restaurant will serve green beer and get ready for the actual holiday.

On St. Patrick's Day, Caudle said guests will be a part of the restaurant party and celebration. It's a huge blowout, he said. The restaurant will feature live music, green beer and a party atmosphere.

"Our view point is that if the party goes outside, it's OK. It's all about having fun and celebrating the festivities that night," Caudle said. "We encourage our guests to dress up and come enjoy the celebration." Lewisville residents can get a preview of what the restaurant will offer at its Grapevine location. Currently there are eight other Titled Kilt restaurants around the country with the original location in the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. By the end of 2010, company executives expect to have 50 Tilted Kilt restaurants open across the United States. The company hopes to open three more Dallas-Fort Worth locations in the future.

For information visit www.tiltedkilt.com.

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