Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

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Tilted Kilt
Industry Restaurant
Founded Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. (2003)
FoundersMark DiMartino
John Reynaud
Shannon Reilly
Headquarters Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
Number of locations
9 [1]
Area served
United States
ProductsPub food, American food, alcohol, 24+Draft and bottled beers
ServicesFood and beverage
Number of employees
over 2,500[ citation needed ]
Parent Arc Group Inc
Website tiltedkilt.com

Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is a modern Scottish-Irish-themed sports pub and franchisor-type restaurant chain in the United States.



Servers in typical attire before the 2015 uniform update (2008) Kilt Girls.jpg
Servers in typical attire before the 2015 uniform update (2008)

The first Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery was opened in the Las Vegas Rio Hotel and Casino in 2003, "wearing Celtic-themed uniforms with knee-high socks and short, sexy plaid kilts", by restaurateur Mark DiMartino [2] [3] and business partners and co-founders Omid Joon,[ citation needed ] Shannon Reilly and John Reynaud. [4] The concept was a "contemporary, Celtic-themed sports Pub staffed with beautiful servers". The company has locations in seven U.S. states. [1]


Waitresses wearing post-2015 uniforms (2018) Tilted Kilt waitresses in post 2015 uniform1.jpg
Waitresses wearing post-2015 uniforms (2018)

Tilted Kilt describes itself as "a modern American, Scottish and Irish sports pub". The menu is a mix of traditional and contemporary pub food, serving items such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and "Big-Arse Burgers". Each pub features at least 24 beers on tap, including flagship beverages such as Guinness and Samuel Adams. The establishments are filled with televisions for sporting events and games such as Golden Tee, pool and darts are available for the patrons.

Others place Tilted Kilt into the category of "breastaurant", in the same vein as Hooters and Twin Peaks, specializing in scantily clad female servers. [5] The company's homepage heavily features so-called "Kilt Girls". [6] Community members in Evanston, Illinois, mounted a successful campaign to keep the chain from opening there. [7] [8]

Undercover Boss

Tilted Kilt's president, Ron Lynch was featured on season 4, episode 2 of Undercover Boss , [9] released on CBS, November 9, 2012 in the United States. [10] [11]

Facade of a Tilted Kilt adjacent to Petco Park, San Diego. This location closed in 2017. Tilted Kilt.jpg
Facade of a Tilted Kilt adjacent to Petco Park, San Diego. This location closed in 2017.


In April 2019, a jury in Lancaster County, Nebraska awarded $1.47 million to a past waitress, "against" Famous Brands Group LLC, a Tilted Kilt franchisee and a manager, Dustin Lindgren, for video recording servers changing in the dressing room. The restaurant closed in 2014, the year the recordings took place. This was not the first time the manager was confronted in a separate incident by a different employee. In 2015, the former manager Lindgren was convicted of a felony charge; he received 180 days (approximately six months) in jail and five years' probation, "for recording a person in a state of undress". There were two other lawsuits settled for an undisclosed amount with two other victims for the same conduct, one was set to go to trial Thursday April 18, 2019. [13]


In 2018 SDA Holdings sold Tilted Kilt to Arc Group Inc. owner of Dick's Wings and Grill for 1.4 million shares of stock (OTC:RLLY), $10 cash and payments in the future totaling $1.5 million. [14] [15] CEO of ARC Group Richard Akam, said, "Tilted Kilt will be a strong addition to our platform and a brand for which we believe we can make a significant impact in its top and bottom line growth". [16] [17] The former president of Tilted Kilt, Ron Lynch has opened a new restaurant in Tempe, Arizona called VooDoo Daddy's Steam Kitchen, a Louisiana-style fast-casual restaurant. [18] [19]

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