Northeast Phoenix residents near Paradise Valley Mall will have a new place to watch their favorite teams compete.
A new Tilted Kilt is opening Monday at 4731 E. Cactus Road. Kerry Phelps, one of three owners, said he hired nearly 100 people for the new restaurant, near an Outback Steakhouse and other eateries.
“We wanted to fill out the rest of that corner. We all think that we’ll be a big complement to each other,” said Phelps, who partnered with John Young and Mitch Saltz for the newest location. “It’s really going to make that corner a dining destination area.”
Barrio Cantina and Grill vacated the space in April after disputes with the landlord over rent.
“I looked at the demographics and kind of the different mix of restaurants around there, and I decided that the area was in need of a good quality sports bar,” Phelps said.
He has been considering opening a Tilted Kilt near Paradise Valley Mall for about two years.
“It was a natural progression coming off the success of the downtown Phoenix store,” which opened in August at CityScape, Phelps said. “When you look at what’s going on around the Paradise Valley Mall, the mall itself has had a resurgence with Costco coming and all the different restaurants with Chipotle and Oregano’s. I just felt like it’s all a good mix.”
After looking at several options surrounding the mall, Phelps decided the vacant Barrio Cantina building was the best location.
Phelps owns another Tilted Kilt at 7077 E. Bell Road, in northeast Phoenix. He was initially anxious about having two northeast Phoenix locations, but found that there was a need because his research revealed that there are about 105,000 residents within 3 miles of the Paradise Valley Mall.
“I thought the Paradise Valley (Mall) location could stand on its own without affecting the location I have here (on Bell Road),” Phelps said.
He also discovered that most of the Bell Road Tilted Kilt’s daytime business came from people working at or near the Scottsdale Airpark.
“The Paradise Valley Mall is three miles south of us (the Bell Road location), but also three miles west of us. I felt like that was enough separation,” he said.