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A New Face on the Suwanee Restaurant Scene

Tilted Kilt opens a new outlet near I-85, with its signature Scottish pub theme and female servers.

 

Yes, they have food there.

And if you go to the Tilted Kilt that opened recently on Old Peachtree Road near I-85 for the food, there's plenty that won't disappoint you. And there are some unique items that set it apart from the usual sports bar/casual dining outlet.

And then there are the women. Like that older, better known restaurant chain that features female servers with cleavage, Tilted Kilt uses the women as a marketing device. "A cold beer never looked so good," the website reads.

So is this merely a clone of Hooters? "Absolutely not," said Suwanee manager Steve Jacoby. "Our concept is timeless."

Server Jana England agreed. A former Hooters server in Gwinnett County, she is one of the ones who launched the Tilted Kilt this week, just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament and St. Patrick's Day.

"We're not as tacky," she said.

The Kilt in Suwanee is in a 7,000 square foot building near Home Depot at the Satellite Boulevard-Old Peachtree Road intersection. Televisions are everywhere, and there also is a pool table in a room set apart from the dining area.

Manager Jacoby estimated that there are about 105 women servers on staff, and on a heavy day like St. Patrick's Day, about 30-35 will be working.

The menu is varied, and signature items include Gaelic Chicken and Danny Boy's Shepherd's Pie. On opening day, the shepherd's pie, which is a type of stew, was delivered to this reporter in about 15 minutes, despite the large opening day crowd.

The 18-ounce entree was spicy as promised, and enjoyable. "You're going to have to take a nap," the manager said.

And the Kilt has a separate bar/drink menu, and was touting a special smartphone app for the NCAA basketball tournament.

Director of Operations Brent Rittersdorf was on hand for the opening in Suwanee. He noted that two other Kilt franchises are opening elsewhere in the country this week.

"We're based on the four original countries were pubs originated -- England, Scotland, Ireland and the U.S.," he said.

And yes, they have women there.

Chrissy Magnesi March 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
This is just wrong. This establishment will never get my money.
Learus Magil March 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
How is this wrong?
Wilma Smith March 18, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Would be interested in knowing who would eat here. Since this is such a Red/Republican state. "Do as I say, not as I do!

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