Mass. city rejects pub with scantily clad staff
QUINCY, Mass.—The city, 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.Having partaken of the food at the Tilted Kilt in Pittsburgh, I can think of a couple dozen better reasons why they shouldn't be allowed to open that restaurant. Most of them, of course, revolve around the fact that while you might be able to fool folks in AZ and Pittsburgh, trying the cheesy pseudo-Scots thing in Boston might not go over so well. The service is mediocre, the food about the same, the noise level is astronomical - although it would be interesting to see if Bahstin has cranky old men who would complain about gunbloggers spoiling his quiet dinner...
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.
Opposing it on "religious" grounds is laughable. I don't recall a "thou shalt not spend too many shekels on sub-par food in order to ogle legs" commandment - and it's not like the Tilted Kilt is any different from any number of chains that rely on attractive, scantily-clad waitstaff to draw in clientele. It's akin to the city of Saugus refusing a license to Hooters on the grounds of "community objections" and claims it would lower property values - ignoring the giant orange dinosaur at the mini golf place and the giant neon plastic cactus at Hilltop.
No, it's classic New England Puritanism at work again, keeping businesses from opening owing to centuries-old prejudices - how positively enlightened.
That is all.