Two new restaurants scheduled to open in Valley Mall

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery expected to open by end of year

July 30, 2012|By LAUREN KIRKWOOD |
  • A drawing of the north side of Valley Mall shows the future site of Cafe Rio Mexican Grill.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Two new restaurants are set to open at Valley Mall as part of a project that mall officials said will give the shopping facility a more modern appearance.

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill is expected to open around the end of October, while Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a Celtic-themed sports bar, will open by the end of the year, Valley Mall Marketing Director Michele Wills said last week.

Exterior enhancements will be a significant part of the project, she said.

As another benefit, the eateries will bring approximately 150 new jobs to the area, she said.

Several entrances at the front of the mall facing Halfway Boulevard will be updated, and the sidewalk will be extended to make room for cafe dining in front of the new restaurants, which will only have outdoor entrances.

Wills said Valley Mall is just beginning to publicize the additions, so there hasn’t been a lot of opportunity for feedback from mall patrons. However, what she has heard so far has been positive.

“I think people are going to be very excited once they know what’s coming to the mall,” she said. “I had a gentleman in this morning that was asking about it, and he was very excited about the Tilted Kilt, and he also likes Mexican food,” which will be served at Cafe Rio.

The changes will include 6,000 square feet of green space along the mall and in the parking lot, she said.

The restaurants will replace one retail merchant, Cindy’s Sweets and DeLite-ful Treats, which will reopen inside the mall, Wills said.

Construction has already begun so Cafe Rio will be able to move into its 3,100-square foot space and open to the public in a few months.

Wills said the project has been in the works for about three years.

“It was just a matter of getting the right retail mix to make everything work, and partnering it with the mall enhancements,” she said.

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