The Tilted Kilt was slated to open this week in the former ESPN Zone space on the 16th Street Mall, but the official kick-off time has been delayed.
"We are shooting for next Monday, but it could be a day or two after that," says franchise owner Mark Voss. "There are a few loose ends that need to be wrapped up."
Voss describes the process of opening the restaurant as a full-fledged production, one that included auditions for front-of-house servers. "We want the perfect face; we are committed to having an amazing space and well-trained staff," he says. "We are trying to appeal to anyone who wants a bite to eat, watch some sports and enjoy a fun pub atmosphere."
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With servers wearing knee-high socks, short plaid kilts and matching halter tops to show off their cleavage and midriffs, there will be plenty to watch beyond the fifty plasma TVs. These outfits, coupled with the 24 beers on tap, gave rise to the Tilted Kilt slogan: "A cold beer never looked so good."
Tilted Kilt founder Mark DiMartino, owner of the Tillerman, a legendary Las Vegas steak and seafood joint, first pitched the concept as a Celtic-themed sports bar, staffed with beautiful servers. And legend has it that the concept was such a hit that Harrah bigwigs deliberated for all of an hour before deciding to open the first Tilted Kilt at the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino.
That was in 2003; today, the Arizona-based chain includes 25 restaurants, all but one of them franchises.
Voss, who has over fifteen years in the restaurant business, was interested in a Tilted Kilt franchise because of its all-in-one package. "This concept brings the best of all worlds together: a great sports bar, great food and service, and it has a pub feel that a lot of people identify with," he says. "We are excited to bring this brand to Denver and Colorado."