A Celtic-themed sports bar franchise is opening a location in Quincy in the former Johnny Bang Bang’s building on the riverfront.
Building owner Duane Venvertloh confirmed Monday that a Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery would be opening on the first and second floors of the building at 138 N. Front. He said the lease agreement prohibited him from discussing other details. The restaurant is expected to open in 30 to 60 days.
Crews were at the building Monday installing signs for the restaurant.
Considered a competitor to Hooters, Tilted Kilt is known for its scantily clad servers that wear Scottish kilts. It is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz.
Venvertloh said in April that a national restaurant chain decided not to open at the former nightclub and concert venue after the city failed to make the intersection of Front and Hampshire a four-way stop.
The ordinance to make the intersection a four-way stop was tabled March 25 at the request of Alderman Jack Holtschlag, D-7, who said it would be brought up again within 45 days of the opening of the restaurant.
The city’s Traffic Commission recommended at its Feb. 28 meeting that the City Council approve the sign, and the council agreed to have an ordinance at its March 1 meeting. Ten days later, aldermen amended the ordinance to allow the installation of the sign within 45 days of the opening.
The former home of Backwaters, Johnny’s opened in mid-2011 as a nightclub and performance venue. Venvertloh announced in January that Johnny Bang Bang’s had closed for major renovations after it had not reapplied for its city liquor license, which expired Jan. 1.
The property is zoned downtown riverfront, which can be used for bars, taverns, nightclubs, restaurants, retail, museums, offices, residential units, theaters, warehousing and light manufacturing.