Village planners in Orland Park have endorsed a proposed Tilted Kilt restaurant and pub, and the plan now goes to a village board committee this month.
If approved by the full board, Tilted Kilt could open by early July, according to the owner of the building, 16255 LaGrange Road, which last housed Fat Ricky’s restaurant.
Tilted Kilt is a chain of Celtic-themed restaurants known for provocatively dressed waitresses and the tagline, “A cold beer never looked so good.” The only other Tilted Kilt in the Southland is in Chicago Ridge, adjacent to Chicago Ridge Mall.
Dale Andrews, an Orland Park resident who owns a personal chef service, My Chef Dale, plans to add 1,500 square feet to the 5,100-square-foot building and do away with a drive-through lane.
The building is owned by Jory Carrick, a principal of LaGrange Enterprises LLC, who said plan commission members didn’t raise any major concerns about the Tilted Kilt plans.
“They were very accepting of what we are proposing,” he said.
Within walking distance of the proposed Tilted Kilt are several restaurants and sports bars, including Champps, Houlihan’s, Mimi’s Cafe and Rock Bottom Brewery. While the restaurants compete for the same dining dollar, Carrick said having them clustered together helps bring in more traffic and business, as does the nearby Marcus Cinema theaters.
“It’s (Tilted Kilt) another option available to customers looking for a little diversity,” said Carrick, who lives in Orland Park.