Celtic-themed sports pub Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is almost open for business and is bringing over 180 jobs to the Tristate area.
Tilted Kilt, located at 4911 Houston Road, opened its doors for a private VIP pre-grand opening party Dec. 4, less than a couple of days before the official grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
Florence city officials welcomed the franchise to the city by participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
More than just eye candy
According to owner Sean Cahill, Tilted Kilt brings much more to Florence than just beautiful women for guests to gawk at.
“First and foremost, it’s bringing a lot of jobs to the community,” Cahill said. “Everyone here is a resident of Cincinnati or Boone County.”
He said the franchise is always hiring and looking for people.
“If there’s good talent out there, we can always take them,” Cahill said.
One of his main goals with the locations he owns is to create as many jobs as he can.
“I love doing that,” he said. “This is about giving back too.”
Other than providing jobs, Cahill said the sports bar/pub, which serves 48 draft beers, is also providing a unique format that’s not similar to any other places around.
If Cahill were to rate the establishment, he said it would be considered PG-13, meaning family-friendly.
“We see families, singles, men, women, people of all likes and all demographics,” he said. “So I don’t think there’s one particular crowd that we attract.”
Cahill said he wanted to come to Florence first, but is also looking at a couple more locations in the area.
“The restaurants seem to do really well around here,” he said. “Especially the chain restaurants.”
Cahill likes the fact that this Tilted Kilt is a freestanding location, meaning not attached to a shopping center or in a mall, which is something he always tries to find. He also said this location has good visibility and is near a traffic light for easy access.
“It was the first, best site I could find,” he said. “I’ve been looking three years. I’m very eager to get into this market.” Tilted Kilt renovated the site of the former Karlo’s Bistro.
Cahill owns a few Tilted Kilts in the U.S., but has yet to put one on his “home turf” yet. “It’ll be nice to finally get this open,” he said. “There is one in Columbus, but I live in Cincinnati. I’ve always wanted to put one where I live.”
Mayor Diane E. Whalen said Florence has always been the first place people come with their franchises.
“When they do their market research and find out what’s here and the volume of customers they will have here, they know they’re going to be successful,” Whalen said. “That’s the same thing we’ve heard from places like Red Robin, Chick-fil-A. They’re always looking for a place to locate and are happy in this market, so we’re proud of it.”
Cahill said the Florence location will be the 97th unit opened, and expects there will be over 100 by the end of the year.
Local rivalry in the making?
Since Tilted Kilt is known for “beautiful servers in sexy plaid kilts and matching plaid bras,” according to the website, Cahill is used to hearing questions about comparisons to the Hooters franchise.
“We (get compared) by people who haven’t been in a Tilted Kilt yet, or don’t know the concept,” he said. “I don’t compare us to Hooters. I think we are a completely different type of concept.”
According to Cahill, Tilted Kilt has more food offerings, better food offerings, more draft beers, more TVs, and are more family-friendly than Hooters.
“I think that’s what sets us apart.”
Although, Cahill said he doesn’t view it as competition and wants all the neighboring businesses to thrive.
“Hopefully I’m going to help everyone on Houston Road,” he said.
Feedback from the community
Cahill said he has received nothing but positive feedback since word spread about the pub, and that the city of Florence has been very easy to deal with throughout the process of construction.
“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the Facebook fan page,” he said. “I think a lot of people are just ready for it to be open.”