QUINCY, Mass. Quincy, following objections from religious leaders, has denied a license to a national Scottish-themed sports bar chain whose staff wear skimpy tartan skirts and revealing tops.
The Quincy licensing board voted 3-2 Tuesday to deny a license to Tilted Kilt after hearing from members of the religious community in the city just south of Boston.
The board had approved of the restaurant in July, but scheduled a new hearing after discovering Tilted Kilt’s attorney had inadvertently failed to notify a nearby church of the proposal.
The Patriot Ledger reports that two board members who approved of the license in July reversed their decisions Tuesday, while a third member who did not attend the July meeting also voted against the pub.
Paul Lewis, a deacon of St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Church, which is near where Tilted Kilt, said a pub with “scantily clad” waitresses so close to the church would be “a slap in the face.”
“It’s counter to what we teach,” he said.
The Rev. John Culp, pastor of Fort Square Presbyterian Church, said it was obvious that a significant portion of the community “would be deeply offended by having this establishment.”
Supporters said the pub would provide jobs and fill an empty downtown storefront.
A Tilted Kilt lawyer called the ruling disappointing.
The company can appeal to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission or in court.
Tempe, Ariz.-based Tilted Kilt has 65 locations nationwide but none in Massachusetts.