With waitresses and waiters bursting out of close-fitting uniforms, the Tilted Kilt was something that seemed transplanted from Las Vegas when it opened in Annapolis.
It did not work out well.
After being sued by Westfield Annapolis mall and a contractor for unpaid bills, the owners of Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery closed shop suddenly Wednesday.
Annapolis Mall Owner LLC, the business entity for Westfield Annapolis, sued AC Restaurants in early June for failing to pay $36,000 in rent for its Tilted Kilt location, court records show.
A District Court judge issued a judgment Tuesday, and the restaurant closed the next day.
"Tilted Kilt did vacate the center. However, these closures often provide us with a great opportunity to bring in new retail that our customers have been requesting. We have no official announcements on a replacement tenant yet," said Christi Swanson, senior marketing director for the mall.
Officials at neither the Tilted Kilt corporate offices in Arizona or the AC Restaurants headquarters in Illinois could be reached for comment.
Tilted Kilt opened in Annapolis last year in the space formerly occupied by Hudson Trail Outfitters, a large space just outside the entrance to the food court and Bow Tie Cinemas.
The concept behind the "breastaurant" was one that has been done before, most notably by Hooters: man-heavy pub fare, a large beer menu, walls of television and monitors streaming sports, and scantily clad young female servers endowed with big smiles and other attractive features.
Other Tilted Kilts have been closing around the country, according to published reports. A manager at the Baltimore County franchise location said the Annapolis restaurant was a corporate-owned enterprise.
The mall was not the only business seeking money from AC Restaurants.
Bay Area Mechanical Services of Pasadena filed a $34,000 mechanic's lien in February for work on the restaurant. A Circuit Court judge rejected a motion to dismiss the dispute last week and set a date for trial, court records show.
The lawyer for Bay Area Mechanical Services said he's working to figure out out how his client's claim will proceed now that the restaurant has closed.
"We're assessing the impact of that on our ability to recover for a lien," attorney Kenneth Knut Sorteberg said.