Employees at the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in White Marsh arrived Sunday morning to find the restaurant had shut down without any notice — one day after the typically long and lucrative St. Patrick’s Day holiday on Saturday.
“Most of us worked 12-19+ [hour] shifts yesterday and we had no idea this was going to happen,” Sarah Davis, a bartender and assistant manager, wrote in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook account. “We spent 8 years on the Avenue. We were loved by many, and shunned by a few that didn’t like us. But we loved everyone of our guests, everyone of our regulars everyone that supported us. We are all jobless and heartbroken.”
Bar Louie, a national chain known for its cocktails and casual American fare, will take over part of the Tilted Kilt space at the Avenue at White Marsh, according to Lisa Geiger, a spokeswoman for Federal Realty Investment Trust, which manages the Avenue.
Geiger referred questions about the Tilted Kilt’s closing to owner Rodney Vanderzee*, who could not immediately be reached for comment Monday morning. A call to the restaurant Sunday went unanswered to a voice mail box that was full.
On the Facebook post announcing Tilted Kilt’s closure, several commenters posted job offers at other establishments, and others criticized the restaurant’s ownership for closing it without notice to employees.
A person who identified as the owner owner responded in a series of comments from the restaurant’s account.
“We do plan to seek another location and will be actively looking in the local market,” the owner wrote. “We are very sorry for all those who woke up today to find out they no longer had a job.. While we greatly respect all of the hard working employees who have given us their dedicated services, some for years, others just a short time, our hands were tied and all avenues were exhausted to keep the doors open..”
In response to comments on the Avenue’s Facebook page about how the restaurant’s closure was handled, officials from the Avenue wrote, “employee notification is not within our control. That is handled by the employer in the manner they determine best. … we are happy to be able to announce a new tenant for the space rather than sharing news of a vacancy.”
An additional 2,400 square feet within the Tilted Kilt’s former footprint will go to a separate tenant, which has not yet been announced, Geiger said in an email.
*Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the owner of the Tilted Kilt. His name is Rodney Vanderzee. The Sun regrets the error.