Arts & Entertainment

Tilted Kilt Opens Today In South Brunswick Square Mall

Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim
Credits: Charles W. Kim

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – There is a new pub in town.

The Tilted Kilt Eatery and Pub is now open in the South Brunswick Square Mall on Route 1.

Between 250 and 300 people showed up for a VIP reception at the business Wednesday evening to sample the cuisine and take a look at the beautiful ladies serving it up.

Sign Up for E-News

Franchise owners Raj and Navina Patel, from Montgomery, are betting the location on Route 1, and the fact that this is a national chain, will turn the luck of the shopping plaza around.

Since changing from Rumbleseats in the late 1990s, the restaurant has gone through several genres and ownership.

Following Rumbleseats, it became a Ground Round, which went out of business in the early 2000s, to Banditos, which lasted about three years before being bought by a bariatric surgeon, who transformed the place into both a steakhouse and then a Tex-Mex pub, named El Dorado, before calling it quits in the last several years.

Despite the obvious challenges, the Patels believe the new incarnation will take hold and be a part of their operation, which could include up to 10 other locations in the region.

Raj, 54, and Navina, 40, said they were seeking sites for the new venture for some time before arriving at the Route 1 location.

“We thought being on Route 1 would be a great, great, location for us,” Raj Patel said.

His wife, Navina, said there was nothing like this in the township, and there was a “need for this.”

"We got the whole community involved and they said this place was needed,” she said.

Raj said the failures of the past attempts at a restaurant were due more to a lack of experience in the field than a lack of need.

While her husband is an engineer by trade, Navina has spent the last 19 or so years in the restaurant business.

“I have been doing the restaurant business for the last 19 years,” Navina said. “We are ready for this and are very excited.”

Business backers and friends were invited to the “invitation only” reception Wednesday night.

Many patrons attending gave the place a “thumbs up.”

The business also chose the local Hugs For Brady Charity as its own.

Township residents Mike and Sherrie Wells started the foundation after the death of their young son, Brady, following a battle with a rare form of leukemia.

The charity, which helps young people with cancer, has raised more than $1 million in its first four years of operation.

Mike and Sherrie both attended the reception and said they were happy to include the restaurant in the fold of local sponsors for the cause.

After going through several interviews and putting in a week of training, it was a night filled with the excitement of proving what they had learned for the 40 someodd girls chosen.

One server, 20, from Jamesburg, is currently working two jobs to put herself through school.

She said she is paying $20,000 per year for her undergraduate degree and is looking at about $45,000 per year to pursue a law degree.

Nicole Shultz, 17, from Monmouth Junction, is currently working as a hostess, but hopes to become a server, and eventually, a bartender.

“Our training was very intense,” she said. “They know exactly what they are doing.”

She said the atmosphere “was great.”

“I was expecting the very happy, upbeat environment,” she said.

Brittany Guben, 20, from East Brunswick, said it “was so fun” going through the process to become a “kilt girl.”

“They actually care about us,” she said. “They care about what is actually going on in our lives.”

She said the training was devoted to making the servers “the best they can be.”

“(This event) was putting all that hard work to the test,” she said. “It has been a great experience.”

General Manager Jim Alberts, from New Hope, Pennsylvania, said he has been with the corporation for about three months and is excited for the opportunity to run the restaurant.

“This is great. We were received (well) by everyone in town,” he said. “Much better than I ever thought we would.”

He said that while people may perceive the business in a certain way, it is no different than other chains.

“It is a family restaurant,” he said with a smile. “With better assets.”

He said the business wants to become part of the fabric of the South Brunswick community and is planning several events along that line.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Brunswick-Cranbury

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 29, 7:00 PM

The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick

New Jersey's Environment - A Pivotal Moment: an ...

Education Government Green Home & Garden Other

Wed, May 30, 7:30 AM

South Brunswick High School - Auxiliary Gym, Monmouth Junction

South Brunswick Community Blood Drive

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Wed, May 30, 6:30 PM

Cooper Conference Room, The Erdman Center, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton

Artists' Round Table with Performing Artists from ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

South Brunswick and Cranbury Police Blotter

August 9, 2017

Sponsored by Reilly's Collision Center in Monmouth Junction. Click here and scroll down for the latest updates and alerts from South Brunswick and Cranbury Police.

See the most recent messages from South Brunswick Twp Police Department, powered by Nixle.

PayPal CEO says Rutgers grads need to "Help Repair the World"

May 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, called on the Class of 2018 on Sunday to take a stand for social justice as they graduate during a time of unprecedented technological and social change.

He talked about the decision at PayPal to rescind plans to build a global operations center in North Carolina following legislation many considered discriminatory ...

3 Stabbed in Late Night Assault at Party

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Three people were stabbed following a fight at a party late Saturday on Delafield Street between Bristol and Courtland streets, Rutgers police said in an alert sent out to students.

The assault, which was not on the Rutgers University campus, occurred about 11:45 p.m., police said.

They said the victims are not affiliated with the university. All three victims reported ...

3 Flee After Armed Robbers Break Into New Brunswick Apartment House

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two robbers brandishing a handgun and a knife forced their way into a Hamilton Street house Sunday, causing three tenants - one of them affiliated with Rutgers University - to flee the apartment building, Rutgers police said.


The incident came hours after two people were robbed while walking on Easton Avenue early Sunday morning. One of those victims is ...

Belmar Mayor’s Pardoning of Lobster Will Kick Off New Jersey Seafood Festival

May 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the New Jersey Seafood Festival tomorrow, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern wants to show a lobster some love.

At 3:30 p.m. on May 18, he will kick off the annual three-day event by pardoning “Lucky Larry the Lobster” on the Fifth Avenue beach and then releasing it into the ocean … hopefully.

“In my power as mayor, I want to pardon a ...

Rutgers Center Battles Noise Pollution Nationwide

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Eric Zwerling got a call this week from a man was living next to a fitness center, complaining he repeatedly heard the loud thud heavy free weights and medicine balls hit the floor.

The man was recovering from having a pace maker in his chest and wondering of the impact of the noise from the gym.

“I’ve received thousands of calls,” said Zwerling, ...

Senator Robert Menendez to Give the Keynote Address to Progressive Grassroots Group

May 23, 2018

Senator Robert Menendez will be the keynote speaker that the Inaugural Gala presented by Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ), the state’s largest progressive grassroots organization.

“I am honored and humbled that Action Together New Jersey asked me to keynote this year’s gala,” Sen. Menendez said. “After a 2016 election that shook many New Jerseyans to their core, ...

"Itʼs Time for New Leadership" Say Middlesex County Republicans

On Tuesday, June 12th, elected county committee members of the Middlesex County Republican Organization will have a choice on who will be their next County Chair and party executive board.

Sharon D. Hubberman, former Middlesex County Freeholder Candidate, and current Perth Amboy Republican Chair has announced she will accept her nomination for the Middlesex County Republican Chairmanship ...

Host an International Exchange Student

EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey


EF High School Exchange Year—a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education—has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes. Last year EF connected ...