The local franchise of a restaurant that closed last fall is in the works to reopen next spring on 21st Avenue North – across the street from its old location at Broadway at the Beach.
Tilted Kilt, which closed its location within Broadway at the Beach in September, plans to open
in a space between Mellow Mushroom and LaQuinta Inn on 21st Avenue North. The majority of Broadway at the Beach sits between 21st and 29th avenues North and between U.S. Highway 17 Bypass and Grissom Highway.
Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday afternoon passed first reading of an ordinance that allows the 7,500-square-foot restaurant to be free-standing from the hotel. An original plan would have had a restaurant connected to LaQuinta.
Jeff Miller, an engineer with Mead & Hunt working on the restaurant, said if the permitting process goes without any issues, construction would begin in the fall with the expectation of opening in spring 2016.
The ordinance allowing a free-standing restaurant was the first step in the permitting process. Miller said the developers still will have to go before the Community Appearance Board and be granted building permits before construction can begin.
Kelly McNamara, a spokeswoman for Tilted Kilt, declined to comment on the new location Tuesday, saying more information would be released in the next few months.
When the restaurant closed in September, Tilted Kilt officials said they were looking for another location in Myrtle Beach.
“We love Myrtle Beach and can’t wait to get things back up and running,” Mark Hanby, Tilted Kilt’s vice president of development, said in September.
Beth Sansone, the restaurant’s general manager, told The Sun News in September that franchisee Paul Kim had been bought out by Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which owns Broadway at the Beach.
Sansone said, with the buyout, B&C owns the rights to Tilted Kilt in Horry County and most of the restaurant’s inventory.
The original Tilted Kilt opened at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas in 2003.
The pub, whose slogan is “A cold beer never looked so good,” is known for its waitresses, who are called “kilt girls” and wear short plaid skirts, matching bras and white tops tied above their abs.
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