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Tilted Kilt Takes a Fling in St. Charles

New Celtic-themed restaurant and bar modeled after Hooters to open off South First Capitol Drive in March

The target date for the new Celtic-themed Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery to open is March 11, less than a week from St. Patrick’s Day.

“We have beer on tap, a full bar, a full menu with everything from wings through steaks,” said franchise owner Paul DiBenedetto. “We’ll have 45 flat-screen TVs with roughly every sports package you can think of.”

The new restaurant will open at 1566 Country Club Plaza Drive along South First Capitol Drive, formerly Wiliker’s Bar and Restaurant.

The Tilted Kilt is like Hooters with a Scottish-Irish theme. Its website reads, “A cold beer never looked so good.”

The staff’s costumes include white knee socks, short kilts, a white, tied off top that shows midriff and reveals a plaid bra that matches the kilt. They are currently holding "auditions" for staff. 

“I think people will come because of our great pub, our excellent food, to watch sports on TV and of ours our beautiful wait staff,” DiBenedetto said.

Wiliker's was a popular location, but it closed due to flooding in 2008 after remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the area. 

“We made sure the flooding issue has been addressed,” DiBenedetto said. “We wouldn’t have done the deal if there hadn’t been some physical changes to the site to address the flooding. It’s clean and taken care of. We also have some extra flood insurance.”

The St. Charles establishment will be the only Tilted Kilt in Missouri, although there are 60 franchises countrywide. The closest Tilted Kilt is in Peoria, and several are clustered around the Chicago area. A franchise in Arnold closed because the establishment was small and the area didn’t develop as expected.

Jane February 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
WOMEN?! wearing kilts? darn it. I'd hoped it would be hunky guys....a la' Highlander, Rob Roy, Braveheart......
Kalen Ponche February 23, 2012 at 04:24 PM
@Jane --- You'd think, right? I don't know if that would attract as much clientele :)
Jane February 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
@Kalen: lol! Maybe one a shift? It might attract me...food's got to be decent, too, though! The descriptions & few pictures look good.
Kalen Ponche February 23, 2012 at 04:44 PM
We're still hoping to receive the press photos from Tilted Kilt of the staff. If you go to their website, you can get a sense of what the place will be like. I used to work at Wiliker's back in the day. I'm interested to check it out.
SarahAnn Lewis February 23, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Ladies, I know lots of Scottish guys that have no problem wearing kilts, if you need "a fix" of 'em.
Jane February 23, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Missouri Tartan Day is coming soon: April 13, 14 and 15, 2012!
SarahAnn Lewis February 24, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Ooooh, that's right. I'll be sure to be there in full-force with the camera.
Sandy K February 24, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Is the Tilted Kilt a non-smoking establishment?
Kalen Ponche February 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Good Question Sandy! I'll ask
me March 09, 2012 at 06:36 AM
It's non-smoking AND there are guy bartenders in kilts! Food is great!
Sandy K March 09, 2012 at 06:42 AM
I am so glad there is finally another non-smoking establishment that I can go to with friends and family. Thank you so much!
wade davey March 13, 2012 at 05:51 PM
they absolutly will have to have a nice happy hour to compete with the other resturraunts and bars. St charles is known for nice happy hou priced. I just hoe the tilted kilt doen;t act like a corperate resporaunt ad can make the st charles location much more local friendly. was there for soft opening but it was way to confusing and noisy to get a good feel how it will be run 3 months from now. another Irsh pub in downtown st charles offers half price apipetisers 3 dollor pints, and thats on all draft beer not just domestic 2.75 house wines and a patio that is the envy of mainsreet. I hope the francise owner can keep a local flavor, I e the daily happy hour specials and types of beers that make you want to come back.
Sandy K March 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
What place around town that has a bar isn't noisy. Even TGI Friday's you can't hear yourself talking most times.
Jane March 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I know that place on Main Street! My favorite restaurant & we rarely go anywhere else, anymore. (Hi, Wade! Yet to meet you or your dad, but soon!)
Meagan March 14, 2012 at 07:18 AM
half price apps that tast HALF as good. MAYBE. i appreciate the overall feel of the place and really dig the selection they have. It is nice to see a place, FINALLY that has a draft system that serves a perfect, CLEAN, beer. Not to mention, the girls are good looking, so the boys shouldn't be saying a SINGLE negative word. I think this place is gonna rock it. For the soft opening having it together, the way they do, already, i feel looks acceptionally promising
ashley o February 19, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Are you hiring???

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