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Tilted Kilt called before Elgin liquor commission

Updated: October 29, 2011 12:44AM

ELGIN — The city liquor commission has sent forth a complaint against the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery — one of Elgin’s busiest nightspots — that could result in fines and revocation or suspension of its liquor license.

A copy of the complaint was obtained by The Courier-News through a Freedom of Information Act request. The document notes 16 incidents requiring police attention over the last 12 months and four mixed martial arts bouts the city says should not have occurred per the terms of the Tilted Kilt’s liquor license.

According to the complaint, the cage match fights were held July 15 and Nov. 18, 2010, and Feb. 17 and July 7 this year.

The complaint is dated July 11 and was sent by registered mail to the business. On Thursday, the Tilted Kilt website’s events calendar mentioned boxing matches scheduled for that evening, including “a couple chick fights.”

The policing matters occurred between June 11, 2010, and April 23 this year, according to the complaint. They included relatively minor incidents of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer; an arrest for underage drinking; fighting either in the pub or its parking lot; six instances in which Tilted Kilt employees were punched or kicked by patrons; and an occasion in which a woman became combative with firefighter/paramedics and then police while in an ambulance outside the establishment.

4 hurt in stabbing

The most serious episode took place Feb. 26. According to reports, four people were injured — two seriously — during a stabbing incident early that Saturday in the parking lot of the Tilted Kilt, 2300 Bushwood Drive, off Randall Road.

Daniel D. Sanchez, 24, of Pingree Grove, was charged with two Class X felony counts of attempted murder, two Class 3 felony counts of aggravated battery/great bodily harm, and two Class 3 counts of aggravated battery/deadly weapon, authorities said.

Police said a passerby alerted nearby officers that an altercation was occurring in the Tilted Kilt’s parking lot about 2:25 a.m., and officers found four stabbing victims.

Two victims — a 23-year-old Burlington man with a stab wound to the chest and a 24-year-old Elgin man with a stab wound to the throat — were taken to area hospitals in critical condition. In addition, a 29-year-old Streamwood woman and another man were treated at the scene and released, police said.

Mayor Dave Kaptain said the city only recently learned of the establishment holding the disallowed mixed martial arts battles. The Tilted Kilt opened for business in March 2010, and this is the first time since applying for and being granted a 3 a.m. license to serve alcohol that it has been cited by the liquor commission, Kaptain said.

Before becoming the Tilted Kilt, the building at 2300 Bushwood Drive, which opened in 2007, formerly held a Boogie Nights dance club, and before that OnQClub/Hennessy’s Steak and Seafood. Tilted Kilt is part of a growing national chain.

According to published reports, Chris Giotakis, one of the owners of a Tilted Kilt in Chicago’s Loop, is the owner of the Elgin spot. In March 2010, Giotakis told The Courier-News that the property, at the city’s northwest corner, was in foreclosure when he bought it.

Representatives of the business could not be reached for comment last week.

After Kaptain took office earlier this year, the liquor commission followed his recommendation to expand from two council members and the mayor to the full city council, with the city manager required to attend its meetings.

The Tilted Kilt complaint shows that “we need to follow up on it when we hear places aren’t adhering to their agreements,” Kaptain said. “This should make an example that we won’t tolerate this.”

The establishment has 14 days from receipt of the complaint to file a written response with the commission’s attorney. A date for a public hearing will be set to determine if the Tilted Kilt will face penalties.

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