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Opening of Jacksonville’s first Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery nears

April 13, 2011

The pub area of Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is designed to have a “cozy feel.” It will have at least 24 beers on tap.

Following the recent installation of the restaurant’s signs, work crews spent the week putting the finishing touches on the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in advance of its planned April 22 opening.

The Celtic-themed sports bar, located in what was once South Street Tavern & Grill in Jacksonville’s Tinseltown area, is the first for Northeast Florida. And according to John Rodzik — who owns Tilted with partner Ashish Patel — it could be first of as many as three in the Jacksonville market.

The Arizona-based chain — with at least 30 restaurants in 20 states, including 7 in Florida — is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, Rodzik said.

To describe the Tlited Kilt concept, Rodzik emphasizes three “prongs,” with equal weight given to each:

  • Pub: Through design and decor, the pub offers a “cozy feel” — and at least 24 beers on tap.
  • Restaurant: Expect “well-above average pub/sports bar food.”
  • Entertainment: With more than 35 TVs, the worst seat in the house offers a view of at least two.

And then, of course, there’s the “world famous Tilted Kilt girls” dressed in mini-kilts, Rodzik said. (Guys, too, will wear regular-length kilts.)

Rodzick and Patel chose Tinseltown over nearby St. Johns Town Center for their restaurant because of its easier accessibility and the existing mix of restaurants that includes Miller’s Ale House, Mellow Mushroom and Seven Bridges as well as Cinemark Tinseltown theaters, Rodzik said.

“We really liked the overall demographics,” he said.

The existing building was a plus, he said, but after “gutting the entire building,” few will recognize it as its predecessors.

The addition of Tilted Kilt follows last week’s opening of nearby Mojitos Restaurant & Lounge and the recent openings of Taverna Yamas Greek Cuisine and Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet. Cruisers Grill is expected to open in May across from Tilted Kilt.