FREMONT (CBS SF) – Watch your back, Hooters. Your position as the premiere Bay Area restaurant chain for pub food with a side of sexy server is about to face a big challenge.
The Arizona-based Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery chain plans a big move into Northern California, with the San Francisco Business Times reporting that “Dublin and Fremont, as well as San Jose, Santa Clara, and other parts of Silicon Valley,” are among seven restaurant locations in the works for the Bay Area.
The chain currently has 100 locations up and running across the U.S. and Canada, and “boasts sexy servers, classic Celtic décor, traditional pub fare and sports all under one roof,” per their public relations team. “The new locations will join nine existing Tilted Kilt pubs in California’s Southland.”
A company executive said the Bay Area is particularly appealing because they hope to tap in to “a region that is known for having the most loyal fan base in the sporting world.”
It’s not immediately clear when the restaurants would open as locations are still being “vetted.”
The chain has faced some opposition in new markets in the past with some communities opposing chains from the so-called “breastaurant” sector – known for female servers revealing costumes – moving in to the area. It’s not clear at this point what opposition, if any, the franchises would face in the Bay Area.