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Township, A New Beer Hall From The Restaurant People, Opening In Former Tilted Kilt Space This Fall

The Restaurant People plan to open a casual beer hall called Township in the cavernous downtown Fort Lauderdale location that until recently held the Tilted Kilt.

Township will be a sister restaurant to the company’s bar in Tallahassee by the same name. That north Florida location opened in November 2016 and has been regularly packed since, said Tim Petrillo, whose company also owns several Fort Lauderdale hot spots including YOLO and S3 Restaurant.

Tilted Kilt didn’t last long in Fort Lauderdale, although its Boca location is still open for business. The pub's Hooters-meets-Scotland-style costumes for its "Kilt Girl" servers failed to lure downtown crowds, and the space was so big even a couple dozen guests still left the venue feeling empty. 

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Township, scheduled to open by November, will copy the style of the original Tallahassee location, with long metal and wood tables and benches creating the look of a modern German beer hall. The slogan “For the table, by the people” is meant to evoke the idea that it’s yours, Petrillo said, and the owners also plan to add an outdoor patio. 

In Tallahassee, the restaurant offers 96 taps and big beer steins. The menu includes takes on “urban street food” classics, like bratwursts, pretzels, mac and cheese, and Nashville-style chicken thighs. 

To avoid the too-big-to-fill problem Tilted Kilt never overcame, Petrillo said he plans to break up the 8,000-square-foot restaurant into smaller subsections, much like the company did when dividing up the giant space at Boatyard

Some of the old Tilted Kilt space will be used for private events, and other parts will simply become storage for the growing hospitality chain, which is also soon opening Rooftop and TRP Taste nearby. 

“Oh yeah, we’ve got a lot going on,” Petrillo joked. 

Was it a good idea to try to open so many places at once? “Ask me in a few months,” he said. 

Township; 219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

(Rendering via Facebook/Township Tallahassee)