[KHTS] – Shortly after the “unexpected closing” of Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, the owners announced Tuesday that they’re rebranding the Valencia restaurant as Varsity Draft House.
“I noticed so many rumors going around and knew we had to make a statement. (Monday) was a very hectic day,” said Varsity Draft House General Manager Richard Moore. “I heard a lot of things like our rent increased, we were out of business. We had not gone under like a lot of people have been saying — we’re rebranding the pub to separate ourselves from Tilted Kilt.”
The new pub will be more “family-friendly” and that the servers will no longer be wearing the “breastaurant-style” garb, Moore aid. The new uniforms will be more “casual” with employees wearing jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers.
Management of the bar held a meeting Monday with all of the employees in which management announced the change and offered employees the option to stay with the new restaurant or have a letter of recommendation to stay at Tilted Kilt.
“We were alerted (Monday) of the unexpected closing at the Valencia pub,” said Kelly McNamara, spokeswoman of Fisherman PR for Tilted Kilt’s corporate office. “We have been well received in the Valencia market since opening in February 2012.”
Management is planning to reopen the pub Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.
“Everyone is very, very excited,” Moore said. “The owners love Valencia. We felt we can better serve the employees and community buy rebranding our pub. We’re extremely excited and we hope that the new concept is well received by the Santa Clarita Valley.”
Management plans to have a menu with “lots of burgers and a very big representation of some seafood,” he said adding that “ the selection is going to be very vast.”
“We tried to build a menu that we thought gives something for every taste for whoever to walks through the door,” Moore said. “We’re sports oriented. We have over 50 televisions, 10 satellites. We wanted to make this a place for families.”
“We’re looking at longterm strategy,” he added. “We’re going to be here for the long haul.”