A combination of big TVs, food, beverages and Celtic-themed outfits brought a crowd Monday to the Tilted Kilt restaurant for its first day of business.
Opening at 11 a.m., the sports bar and restaurant near Francis Scott Key Mall was filled at lunchtime, and many of the customers said it was their first time in a Tilted Kilt.
Female servers in short kilts and tops and male servers in black circulated through the restaurant to take care of customers. Music played, and the large-screen TVs played sports events.
Rebekah Pavlovski, Dwayne Myers and Paul Foster were taking a lunch break from Dynamic Automotive in Urbana. All said they were there for the opening day and were pleased with the food and service.
Rachel Putnam and Bonnie Tate came to see their sister and daughter, respectively, Kimberly Putnam, who was one of the hostesses dressed in the red plaid short kilt and top.
“The service is really fast,” Tate said.
“I know a lot of girls working here,” said Taryn Silfer, who was having lunch with Autumn Naill. Silfer had been at the restaurant Sunday for its family and friends night and tried the chicken tenders, which she liked, and was having a steak sandwich Monday.
Greg Cole, with Cochran and Mann, a commercial painting and wallcovering business, had done some of the finishing work in the restaurant. “I wanted to see what it looked like,” he said of the completed restaurant.
“It’s great to have a new restaurant in town,” said Chrissy Mender, who was having lunch with Cole.
The restaurant offers pub fare such as shepherd’s pie and Irish stew, pizza, wraps, appetizers and salads.
Paul Turner, manager of the Frederick Tilted Kilt, is originally from London.
“I came to the U.S. to Florida, but it was too hot,” Turner said during an interview at the busy eatery. He went to the University of Central Florida’s culinary program and then interned with Disney World.
“They have the best customer service at Disney,” said Turner, who was with Disney for seven years. “And I am bringing that to this company.”
He went to the Tilted Kilt headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, for training. He came to this area as his wife got a job with the U.S. Department of State.
Turner said he loves the Frederick area.
“It is really growing, booming,” Turner said.
Yuri Singh, senior director for the company, said the new business hired 70 servers, more than 25 bartenders and hostesses, and 30 kitchen staff. On a typical shift, there will be 20 servers and five bartenders.
The interior of the restaurant offers 6,000 square feet, plus 900 square feet at an outdoor patio. There is seating for 200 inside and 65 outside.
The Frederick restaurant has more open windows to the outside, Singh said, than some other Tilted Kilts. The crew, from servers to kitchen staff, went through a week’s worth of training before the opening.