‘Breastaurant’ alert: Tilted Kilt opens in Boise


Hooters is gone in Boise, but newer, shinier “breastaurants” are filling the niche.

Celtic-themed sports bar Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery — located in the former Murphy’s Seafood spot at 1555 Broadway Ave. — is opening its doors this weekend. I have no clue if it’s open to the public now, tomorrow or when, but there’s a private party tonight that sports columnist Brian Murphy was cool enough to be invited to. (Yo, Brian, can the rest of us be your dates?)

I did, however, receive a press release regarding what a publicist called “grand opening festivities … taking place this weekend.” I asked for specifics about the grand opening date and business hours, but she did not answer those questions. Sorry for the vague info, gang.

Highlights from the press release:

Authentic pub fare with a side of sexy servers is soon to be on the menu for Boise … Tilted Kilt, a sports bar that pays homage to the old public houses of America, England, Scotland and Ireland combines a classic Celtic décor with 36 beers on tap, 65 large plasma TV’s  and a 12-foot projection screen all in a fun, friendly and entertaining environment. …

The menu at Tilted Kilt of Boise is a mix of traditional pub food like Hand Battered Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie, but also features creations like Irish Nachos, Pub Fried Egg Burger, Gaelic Chicken and the Tilted Buffalo Chicken Flatbread. Beers from around the world are available, and as the famed Tilted Kilt slogan goes, “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.” …

At Tilted Kilt, the entire experience follows the theme of a theatrical production. Servers are called “cast members,” wearing mini-kilts made of the Tilted Kilt’s own registered tartan plaid, a starched camp shirt, sporran, stockings and flashings. When a new restaurant is hiring, the “directors” (store managers) hold a “casting call” where servers audition to be part of the “show.” They are trained to be the “star” and the act starts the minute a guests walks through the door. For female guest enjoyment, Tilted Kilt also recruits “cast members” as male bartenders who wear the Tilted Kilt uniform. All female cast members are trained to interact with women who enter the establishment – before looking at the men.

(FYI: The photo at the top is not from the Boise location.)

Meanwhile, Twin Peaks, which opened at 7751 W. Spectrum St. in late 2013, is still chugging along — although I have not visited since Statesman restaurant critic James Patrick Kelly took me to lunch for his review in Scene magazine.

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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