Tilted Kilt eatery chain, known for scantily-clad waitresses, coming to NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
March 10. 2014 8:04PM
NASHUA — Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, famously known for its skin-baring waitresses, will soon be opening on Amherst Street.
Last week, city planners approved a conditional use permit to allow the Arizona-based chain restaurant to open its doors at 345 Amherst St.
Tilted Kilt was founded in 2004 and now has about 90 restaurants nationwide. Similar to Hooters, the waitresses wear red tartan Celtic schoolgirl outfits revealing their midriffs and cleavage, an ensemble that includes short kilt skirts, knee-high socks and plaid bras.
“We are PG-13. Our brand is not for everyone, but we have parents that come in and bring their children,” Christine Cordray from Tilted Kilt’s corporate office is quoted as saying on the company’s website. “A lot of these girls are in college, they’re friendly, they’re nice, they’re intelligent.”
The restaurant — the first of its kind in New Hampshire — will occupy about 6,200 square feet of the Green Fall Marketplace, according to plans on file at Nashua City Hall.
The applicant, Northampton Boys, is planning to redevelop 341 and 345 Amherst St., changing it from a prior grocery store into a multi-tenant building nearly 22,000 square feet.
“No site changes are proposed. The plan calls for very minor changes to the exterior of the building facade,” says a staff report from Linda Panny, a city planner.
A New Hampshire craigslist posting is already seeking employees for the new restaurant. According to the ad, no experience is needed, but “friendly outgoing attitude is what we are looking for.”
In addition to the Tilted Kilt, a fitness center, veterinary clinic and other retail space will be developed, according to Panny.
There has been significant development in that area of the city, including the recent opening of the state’s first Firehouse Subs restaurant at 341 Amherst St.
Firehouse Subs is a fast-casual restaurant chain originally founded by brothers and former firefighters Chris and Robin Sorensen. Headquartered in Florida, the restaurant has more than 720 sub shops throughout the nation.
The new owners of the Nashua franchise are already making plans to open a second sub shop elsewhere in the city.
Service Credit Union, based in Portsmouth, also plans to build a bank and drive-through facility at the nearby Central Realty Plaza at 337 Amherst St. near Cannongate condominiums.
Meanwhile, Chen Yang Li, a Chinese restaurant, has relocated to 379 Amherst St. in the Somerset Plaza.