Bolingbrook’s newest pub and eatery, The Tilted Kilt, is planning to open at the end of this month, one of the restaurant’s managers said.
The restaurant, best known for its Kilt Girls, will move into a 6,000 square-foot space at 1051 S. Weber Rd., near the intersection of Weber Road and Remington Boulevard.
Last week, Tilted Kilt managers held open casting calls for the Bolingbrook locatin’s Kilt Girls. The restaurant is expected to employ approximately 80 people.
Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar first announced Tilted Kilt’s coming in his annual State of the Village speech in January. Since then, the village’s board of trustees have granted the restaurant a special use permit that will allow it to stay open until 2 a.m. on the weekends and 10 p.m. on weekdays.
Now, the closest Tilted Kilt is in Woodridge.
The restaurant has come under fire from locals in communities where the restaurant sought to expand.
In April, a group of Evanston residents launched a grass-roots movement in opposition to Tilted Kilt. The pressure eventually got to Evanston officials, as Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl rejected a liquor license for the restaurant.
Now, Bolingbrook has no such restaurant that compare to Tilted Kilt—restaurants such as Hooters or Show-Me’s.
Bolingbrook residents, though, have not seemed to mind. In a Bolingbrook Patch Facebook poll, most respondents were in favor of the restaurant opening a local location.
Readers on Bolingbrook Patch were also pleased with the news for the most part.
“Good addition to ‘restaurant row’ on the west side,” commented Emerson, a Bolingbrook Patch reader, on a news article about the restaurant receiving its special use permit. “Good location to draw customers from other nearby areas.”
What do you think of Tilted Kilt opening in Bolingbrook? Are you excited for the new dining option? Or are you apprehensive of the crowd it might attract?