A Tilted Kilt restaurant and sports bar this week moved a step closer to its planned July opening in the former Fat Ricky’s location at 16255 LaGrange Road in Orland Park.
Orland Park Plan Commission members on Tuesday endorsed property owner Jory J. Carrick’s plans to add more than 1,500 square feet to the north end of the building, which will reopen as a Tilted Kilt sports bar.
Carrick also intends to remove a non-functioning turret, eliminate the current drive-through lane and establish an outdoor dining area.
Prior to the unanimous vote, Village Planner Nectarios “Tari” Pittos told commissioners that Carrick’s request to reduce the setback from 15 to 10 feet “won’t alter the essential character of the location.”
Tilted Kilt franchisee Dale Andrews, responding to questions from Commissioner Laura Murphy, said he hoped to open for lunch at 11 a.m. Closing hours – ideally midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday – would depend on Mayor Dan McLaughlin, the village’s liquor commissioner, he said.
“We don’t have anything set,” said Andrews, an Orland Park resident. “It’s all about the liquor license.”
He later told a reporter the village was a logical location for the pub, which belongs to a franchise known for its mini-skirted waitstaff. Age, employment, the number of males, career mobility and other factors in the village match those of Dallas’ “upper end,” where the sports bar has done particularly well, he said.
Andrews’ website says he graduated from the Robert Morris Institute of Culinary Arts in Chicago at the top of his class, and is also a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy in Rio Rancho, N.M.. In addition, he is a premier member of the United States Personal Chef Association and a member of the American Culinary Federation and the World Association of Chefs.
Conditions established by the plan commission include requiring that the addition’s exterior appearance match that of the current building and that grease and garbage areas are screened from public view.
Pittos said village planners are also recommending that plantings replace two of the 77 parking spaces to eliminate a “dead-end” area, and that the property continue bicycle access between 161st and 167th streets.
Commission member John Paul, noting Fat Ricky’s recent departure from the location, said, “It’s nice to see somebody just moved out and there’s somebody wanting to move in.”
Plan Commission chairman Louis Stephens praised the proposed new use of the building, south of the Houlihan’s pub and Champps Americana restaurant and across the street from Marcus Theatres and the Round the Clock restaurant, calling it “a much better fit than what we had before.”
After the meeting, Carrick declined to discuss expansion and property-improvement costs, saying he needs to talk further with his architect.
The Orland Park Tilted Kilt issues will next be considered by the Village Board’s Development Services and Planning Committee.
Tilted Kilt franchises are already operating in Bolingbrook, downtown Chicago, Joliet, Oakbrook Terrace, Schaumburg, Vernon Hills and Woodridge.