UPPER MERION — The Scottish-flavored Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery came thundering into King of Prussia like a cavalcade of bagpipes through the highlands on Wednesday. With two dozen varieties of suds on tap and skimpy tartan duds upon the lasses, the Celtic-themed sports bar and restaurant is wooing some serious male commerce in the intensely rejuvenated spot that was once home to Pizzeria Uno and Kildare’s.
The motto of the rapidly growing chain that got its start at a Las Vegas hotel and has already anchored down in Allentown and Pittsburgh is “a cold beer never looked this good,” and who could argue?
The comely, engaging waitresses in their mini-kilts and plunging necklines truly steer this ship, which features 50 flat screen TVs, three projection TVs, 16 satellite dishes, bars on two levels, frosty beer mugs and a menu that creatively keeps the wink-wink factor going strong with “tilted” pub grub fare like Danny Boy’s Shepherd Pie, The French, We Mean Irish, Dip and beer-steamed Drunken Clams.
The tradition of buxom damsels serving up pints to thirsty patrons pre-dates Medieval times, so why shouldn’t the modern man feel pampered in an alehouse that’s a little bit Scottish, a little bit Irish and a lot of fun, noted general manager John Anderson.
“We’re a pub and we’re a lot different than most bars and restaurants,” he said. “Pubs were started in the 12th century. The concept is that people are guests and are treated like they’re part of our family. We build relationships with our guests so that they’ll go out and tell others about us.”
Despite the decidedly “man cave” vibe, women are respectfully appreciated as guests as well, Anderson stated.
“Most of our clientele are men, but the waitresses are trained that women are always to be served first.”
The absence of booths allows for maximum seating at tables in the downstairs rear and upper level dining rooms.
Every decorative detail, from the pastiche of nostalgic beer ads and classic rock album covers to the mahogany blinds and the bar stools, stirs an instantly inviting ambience that is all corporately mandated to portray the brand.
With 15 stools on either side, the outstretched Captain’s Table is akin to a friendly diner counter, enticing those lone wolves who pop in for a quick bite or a beer.
“It’s probably one of the most fun tables in the restaurant,” Anderson said. “A lot of times when guests come in by themselves they’ll sit here and by the end of the meal they’ve made friends with the four or five people sitting around them.”
With more than 100 employees on staff, 23 “stage ready” girls are primed to work every shift from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
In empathy with drivers negotiating the somewhat rugged geographical setup, the restaurant that is poised to buck the sorry trend of recently retreating tenants offers valet service during all hours of operation.
“There will usually be six guys working who will be able to take your car from you and bring it back expediently so you’re not waiting long,” Anderson said. “Most people relax and stay a while, so it works out very well.”