Servers wearing plaid bras and “mini-kilts”? That’s not spicy.
Extra jalapenos and a shot of Don Julio tequila? Now that’s spicy.
The former Tilted Kilt “breastaurant” space at 1055 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise — most recently Tap and Cask sports pub — is reinventing itself as a family-friendly Mexican restaurant.
Jalapeño’s Bar & Grill plans to open before the end of the year, according to co-owner Irma Valdivia.
The building still has signage for the short-lived Tap and Cask, which closed in June. From 2014 to 2016, it housed Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a franchise chain known for its Celtic-themed take on the Hooters restaurant model. Boise natives remember the space in simpler times as the longtime home of Murphy’s Seafood Bar and Grill.
Jalapeño’s has its own history. The local restaurant chain — owned by Valdivia and her sister, Leticia McLaughlin — debuted in Nampa in 2006 at 1921 Caldwell Blvd. before expanding into Boise three years later at 8799 W. Franklin Road.
The newest Jalapeño’s will be the sisters’ largest restaurant, so it will include opportunities for private parties and other events.
“This is a great, great place for us,” Valdivia says. “We’re very excited and eager.”
This summer, Valdivia expressed intentions to launch a third restaurant in the former Tailgate sports pub spot at 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive. Unfortunately, “the deal fell through,” Valdivia says.
But the lease is signed at the old Tap and Cask building.
Jalapeño’s on Broadway should be open with limited hours by mid-December, Valdivia says, before going “full-bore” in January.