Bethany Clough

More risqué than Hooters: Tilted Kilt bringing short skirts, beer and burgers to Fresno

The “Kilt Girls” at Tilted Kilt are known for their skimpy outfits.
The “Kilt Girls” at Tilted Kilt are known for their skimpy outfits.

Fresno is getting a Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a sort of Celtic version of Hooters with scantily clad waitresses.

The national franchise plans to open the area’s first location in late April. It is moving into 324 E. Shaw, just off Highway 41 next to the Ramada hotel. It’s taking over the Sutter Street Bar & Grill attached to the hotel.

Tilted Kilt is a restaurant and sports bar with dozens of TVs showing major sporting events. It has 30 beers available – on tap and in bottles – and serves burgers, sandwiches, and fish and chicken dishes.

But the most attention-getting thing about Tilted Kilt is what the women who work there wear: Not much.

The “Kilt Girls,” as the company calls them, wear very short plaid skirts and a top that looks like a bikini top with short sleeves. Each year the company produces a calendar of women and a video previewing it.

Some people call this type of business a “breastaurant,” a category that includes Hooters Restaurant and the restaurant chain Twin Peaks.

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The “Kilt Girls” at Tilted Kilt are known for their skimpy outfits. The pub and restaurant company plans to open its first location in Fresno, near the Ramada at Highway 41 and Shaw Avenue. Tilted Kilt

The Sutter Street Bar closed last fall. Inside, the space has been gutted, with many weeks of construction ahead.

The pub is likely to appeal to locals and travelers alike. The Hustler Hollywood store is directly across Shaw Avenue.

Tilted Kilt is inspired by old fashioned pubs in England, Scotland and Ireland.

Its playful attitude runs throughout the menu. Burgers can be upgraded to a “Great Big Arse Burger,” which is 10 ounces of meat compared to eight, or a “Skinny Arse” turkey or veggie patty.

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The Tilted Kilt pub and restaurant plans to open in the former Sutter Street Bar & Grill. It’s the company’s first location in Fresno, near the Ramada at Highway 41 and Shaw Avenue. Photographed in January, 2018. BETHANY CLOUGH bclough@fresnobee.com

Many dishes include beer, like the pretzel served with beer cheese sauce made with Fat Tire beer or the bacon burger served with Guinness BBQ sauce.

The franchisee and the company were not immediately available to comment. But Tilted Kilt will likely be hiring men and women to work at the restaurant.

Kilt Girls and Kilt Guys – the terms are registered trademarks – audition for jobs.

The company isn’t hiring for Fresno right now, but its website encourages job applicants to apply as if they’re trying to land a role in a Hollywood movie or sexy fitness calendar.

“You want to look and act your best! These auditions are just the same. To land the role, you gotta play it up, girl! Grab your favorite outfit, glam up your hair and make-up and visit a franchise location today for an audition.”

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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