Kelties adds tunes to diners’ taste buds

Kelties Restaurant, 110 S. Union St., is serving up gourmet dinners with a side of live music. The eight-year-old restaurant made its debut with the while-you-dine entertainment last Halloween and saw a major spike in sales.

“Our alcohol sales increased by 75 percent Halloween night,” Stephen Greiner, Kelties restaurant manager, said. “We started offering live music once a month and alcohol sales on those nights were up by 40 to 50 percent.”

So far, the restaurant, owned by Keltie Sullivan Domina,  has entertained diners with bands that play jazz and big band music, but Greiner said the restaurant is open to all types of music as long as it’s family-friendly.

“Music is a great way to add to people’s dining experience,” Greinersaid. “The Saturday nights when we have live music, people are laughing and talking more, it’s what people want to do on a Saturday night.”

However, if you’re looking for a quiet night out, Kelties also hosts more private diners in the back room, away from the music.

According to Greiner, Kelties has some big plans for the big Super Bowl game.

“We’re drawing from people visiting who want to eat local,” Greiner said. “We’re having live music and drink specials,” he added. “People can come in with their Groupons and get great entertainment as part of the Super Bowl activities.”

Kelties’ concerts are monthly, but Greiner said they plan to expand the performances to a weekly event, while also mixing some different types of entertainment into the pot.

“We’re looking to partner with some theater companies to offer vignettes, short descriptive literary sketches, acted along to live music and we want to host events for art vendors to display or sell their art,” Greiner said. “We also plan to add beers from local breweries, Flat12 Bierwerks and The Upland Brewery Company, to our beer menu and incorporate them into beer and wine nights where we serve foods paired with drinks.”

Kelties also offers etiquette classes. Check out Kelties owner’s new monthly column featuring etiquette advice and a food and drink pairing suggestion.

By Lindsay Eckert
Lindsay@youarecurrent.com