HARRISONBURG -- A restaurant known for skimpy costumes opened its doors.
The Tilted Kilt is now at Valley Mall.
When customers come into the restaurant, one of the first things they notice is the servers' outfits. The manager said it's part of the atmosphere, but it's also deterring some people from coming to the restaurant.
“It's what our brand is made of, our kilt girls and that's who we are," said Tony Williams, the general manager.
All the servers are women. They wear stockings, short kilts and a cropped top.
"The costume is the costume the Tilted Kilt stands by, I mean, it's a very classy costume and we think looks very nice," said Williams.
Neighbor Melody Priest who goes to the mall often said it's not a place she would like to visit.
"When someone takes my order, I don't need breasts hanging over my food. I just like a cleaner atmosphere," said Priest.
She also said this place is not a good fit at Valley Mall.
“If they're going to open a sports bar like that, it needs to be down where the others are because I don't feel children should be subjected to that atmosphere."
Williams said the Tilted Kilt is a good thing for Harrisonburg.
“I respect their opinion. However, we look at all of the positives we bring to the community. We are bringing a lot of jobs. We are generating a lot of tax revenue for the area, so we look at that also as we are a great fit for the Valley," said Williams.
Priest recognizes they may help the economy, but she still doesn't like the idea of it.
“I know they're opening jobs, but they could put some clothes on. I mean the restaurant could be there, if the girls could be dressed more appropriate,” said Priest.
She says it could hurt mall business in the long run.
William says they have been busy since they opened. The manager is happy with the high turnout for the opening day. Williams says the restaurant hired 125 people from the area and some staff members are men.
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