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‘Hooters’ clone planned for Fountain Square

Evanston’s Liquor Control Board is scheduled to review plans Friday morning for a proposed Tilted Kilt bar and restaurant in the Fountain Square Building downtown.

The now Tempe, Ariz., based chain originated in Las Vegas in 2003 and has seven locations in Illinois, the nearest in downtown Chicago at 17 N. Wabash.

The chain features burgers and other pub food in a decor meant to resemble an Irish or Scottish pub, with waitresses the company calls "cast members" who follow a dress code exemplified by the picture here, from the company’s website.

If approved by the liquor board and the City Council, the new establishment should provide interesting company for the Evanston Baptist Church, which meets in the basement of the building at 1601 Sherman Ave.

The first floor of the building, which looks out on the Fountain Square war memorial, has been vacant for over a year since Prudential Preferred Properties acquired Rubloff Residential real estate and moved into Rubloff’s office across the street in Sherman Plaza.

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