A company that bills itself as the “best-looking sports pub you’ve ever seen” wants to enter the Sacramento region. And when it says “best-looking,” Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery isn’t necessarily referring to how the building looks.
The Arizona company, which features scantily clad female servers, is looking for local franchisees. It plans to open three or four locations in the region, according to area developer Justin Lemos.
Tilted Kilt hasn’t secured any Sacramento-area locations, but it’s focusing on places including Roseville, downtown Sacramento and the Arden-Arcade area, Lemos said. “Sacramento is probably the epitome of our demographic for Tilted Kilt,” he said.
Some people might not consider that a compliment. Tilted Kilt is part of an industry segment dubbed “breastaurants,” places that are dominated by skin-baring waitresses. Similar restaurants include Hooters and Twin Peaks.
While “breastaurants” are sometimes met with community protests, they appear to be doing well. Earlier this year, food market research firm Technomic said the sector is growing at a double-digit pace over the previous year.
“All walks of life are walking into these pubs,” Lemos said of Tilted Kilt. “We are very, very well received in California.” He said the business attracts both men and women.
Tilted Kilt’s menu includes a mix of traditional pub fare and classic entrees such as herbed chicken, steak and fish tacos.
It has more than 100 locations in the U.S. and Canada, with 20 more pubs in various stages of development. Its presence in Northern California currently includes a Pleasanton location that’s in the works and expected to open in early 2016.
But Sacramento isn’t the only Northern California place where Tilted Kilt wants to expand. The restaurant chain is also making plans for its Bay Area debut. After securing a franchisee and a location, most Tilted Kilt restaurants take six to nine months to open, Lemos said.