Football fans should be able to start watching games at the Tilted Kilt sports pub by mid to late October. The restaurant near Francis Scott Key Mall will bring 130 jobs.
Yury Singh, senior director of the sports pub, said the former Lone Star and Tendo buffet building needed a lot of remodeling, but construction is on schedule for an opening during football season.
The sports pub will join the growing number of businesses along the Silver Mile, which includes Car Max, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Wawa’s second location in Frederick, and Smashburger, which is preparing to open soon.
“We were keen to open in this area,” Singh said during an interview at the pub site. He said someone else had looked at the location for a restaurant, but decided against it, “so we got it. It is a great location.”
Tilted Kilt sports Celtic decor, dark mahogany wood and 50 large TVs for sports viewing.
“I don’t think you have anything just like it here in Frederick,” Singh said. Servers will wear Celtic-themed outfits. The pub, for “public house,” the term used in England and Scotland, will be open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
“We may look at a later Thursday night; we will see how it goes,” Singh said.
The pub will be about 7,000 square feet.
Singh, whose background is in information technology, will head the business end of the pub.
“I’m in the management end, we have people with restaurant skills to run that,” Singh said.
The pub will serve hamburgers, appetizers and similar food items, but also Irish nachos (with a beer cheese sauce), Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips, keeping with the Celtic theme.
“We look forward to working with the community and charities,” Singh said.
“Any new jobs are good jobs,” said County Commissioner Kirby Delauter. “Would like to see more high tech, aerospace, bioscience jobs, but we need service industry, too.”
The area has grown considerably in the past year or so. A Texas Road House opened on Buckeystown Pike, and Sheetz opened a location on Monocacy Boulevard. Other projects include a recently opened Sonic on Guilford Drive and a Dick’s Sporting Goods at the mall.