Syracuse, N.Y. — Tilted Kilt, a Celtic-themed sports pub, is coming to Syracuse and bringing craft beer, Irish nachos and scantily-clad waitresses.
The chain got its start about six years ago and already has 96 locations, including one in Watertown. The Syracuse restaurant, set to open in May, will be located near the Hampton Inn on Erie Boulevard.
The 7,000-square-foot building is under construction and is easily visible from Interstate 690 East near the Thompson Road exits.
Tilted Kilt is known for its waitresses: the Kilt Girls. They wear mini-kilts, plaid bras and not much else.
But Mark Hanby, vice president of development for the company, said the chain isn’t just some Scottish version of Hooters.
“It’s very much PG-13,” he said. “They’re sexy and smart. But we never cross the line.”
As for the food, those Irish nachos are one of Tilted Kilt’s top items. The dish includes kettle chips made in-house, smothered with Guinness cheese sauce, beef and tomatoes.
Other popular dishes include steaks, burgers and Gaelic chicken, covered with an Irish whiskey cream sauce. The menu also has entrees such as shepherd’s pie and Irish stew.
The Syracuse location will have 30 beers on tap, including the usual Irish offerings such as Guinness and Smithwicks. The company focuses on craft beers as well and plans to feature some of the area’s local brews.
At least eight of the beers on tap will come from the greater Syracuse area, Hanby said.
The Syracuse restaurant will include plenty of TVs for sports viewing and outdoor patio seating that can be enclosed in poor weather. The location will employ 140 people.
The company also plans to open restaurants in Utica and Ithaca.