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Cask and Kilt restaurant closed

Cask N Kilt

Cask N Kilt

ALBANY, Ga. — The Cask & Kilt Irish Pub, a Gaelic-themed restaurant and night spot, has shut its doors for good after a year and half of operation.

Vikki Gavre, a co-owner of the establishment at 2610 Dawson Road, Suite 10, had little to say about the closing other than to thank her staff and customers for their support and to make it clear there would be no further statements from the business principals.

“We’re not going to respond or comment on rumors,” Gavre said during a brief phone interview.

According to Gavre, Cask & Kilt opened for business on June 24, 2011.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Okay.....Actually I never even heard of the place until now, but nonetheless sorry you had to close so abruptly.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 10 months ago

The reason that you and I have never heard of it is probably why it is closing. I believe that very poor advertising is the likley culprit for the closure.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

That's true, if you don't know it exists, you can't patronize it.

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soccermomlc 1 year, 10 months ago

Cask and Kilt was advertised on local radio stations, Fox 31 and the online blog Albany Uncovered. There was plenty of advertising.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Not everybody listens to the radio, watch Fox 31 and read online blogs.

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

Another on bites the dust. Bussiness in Albany that is.

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ZCorp 1 year, 10 months ago

Service was horrible. Food was Nice. Nuff Said, Also, during the summer, place was very hot inside, I am just sharing a personal story. Make your own call. Peace

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

Bad first experience shortly after they opened. I decided to go see what it was about. Upon arrival outside the door there were 3 security guys. 2 young white guys and of course they had a large black guy as part of team. They were actually frisking the male patrons who enter. I balked at first. Im 58 yrs old not a threat. They said you get frisk or you dont enter. I thought well im here so I let the young white guy do his thing. He patted me down and hit my wallet in my front pocket. Said sir whats in your pocket I pulled out wsllet and said Money I had hope to soend in there. He said evrrybody gets searched we do dicriminate. I entered had one beer thought about the deal said bye bye go to hell never went back. I knew the day would come sooner thaan later that they closed the doors. Now go search a 58 year Oldan. Ha Ha Hope the owners lose everything they own!""

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billybob 1 year, 10 months ago

Your post is so full of spelling and grammar errors it is almost incoherent.

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

I understood it, and I am a product of a Poor Brooklyn School system.

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Thurman 1 year, 10 months ago

Fortunately we live where we can express our opinons without any possible recourse. I totally disagree with those who's comments were negative. I had found the "Cask & Kilt" to be a nice place to have lunch and to listen to local musical entertainment later in the evenings. I had heard, from a reliable source, that there were internal problems with the "Cask & Kilt". I can only say that I would have like to see this restaurant stay open. I believe that Vicki did a great job running this restaurant but there can be time when "enough is enough".

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

You are correct in that there were internal problems with the restaurant. I never went there, but there were several lawsuits surrounding the way the place was structured in terms of ownership and management. Attorney fees and litigation when you are opening up a new independent restaurant/bar, especially in Albany, will definitely eat your profits up. I felt sorry for Ms. Gavre. I don't know if that was the sole problem in closing, but I imagine it paid a large role.

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Oldguy 1 year, 10 months ago

Frisked to enter a Pub, unbelievable! I have a carry permit, wonder what they would have done about the pistol I carry? If they were not law enforcement officers did they have the right to frisk you? No wonder the place is gone sounds a bit strange to me. Any other businesses in Albany that frisk customers before they can enter?

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billybob 1 year, 10 months ago

A pub is private property, so it is up to the owner whether or not you can carry a pistol even with a GA Weapons License.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

Besides the rudeness and insulting search of Men Only at the door the men in Kilts as a Gimick was pretty discusting. I am part Irish but the Gimmick Kilt thing in South Georgia Redkneck Country did not cut it. Maybe try some reasonably attractive women in Kilts

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 10 months ago

They did have women in kilts who worked there. Sorry you only noticed the guys. LOL

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 10 months ago

Plus, I NEVER saw anyone get frisked upon entering the place and I too went when it first opened. My husband played music there one time and I didn't hear him talk about anyone getting frisked when entering the place.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

" . . .I am part Irish but . . . ' Your other part must be Trukhmen.

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Oldguy 1 year, 10 months ago

So a woman could conceal a machine gun and enter the place? Wow, discrimination at it's best. What sort of mentality did the owners have to do such an invasive and probably illegal search of men only. Perhaps ask if you have a gun or knife, if not issue one then you know who is armed. Crazy in my book.

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alleebrin 1 year, 10 months ago

I can't believe the Olive Garden came to this town! I've been there twice, and I suspect they will be biting the dust in record time!! So unfortunate, but Albany is just an ignorant, unsophisticated two-horse town!!

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Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

LOL. So the Olive Garden is the heighth of sophistication for you? Wow. Only in Georgia.....

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Well, a lot of us just don't like foie gras, truffles and steak tar tar. This past summer I ate at an elite Manhattan restaurant that served black eyed peas, collard greens and sweet potatoes. The food was served on china, silver service, sterling flatware and Cherrywood stemware with wine. Now damned, how sophisticated can one be?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

The National, 557 Lexington Ave at 50th St. It is owned by internationally acclaimed Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The cuisine is fresh and concentrates on American ingredients prepared with French technique. Paul Corsentino serves as Executive Chef for the restaurant. You may dine from the menu or arrange advance food preparations for events. Our host made preparations for our small group in advance. I'm going back on Dec. 15 when we do our annual broadway excursion. Reservations would probably be best but the food is excellent, it is Zagat rated and the prices are reasonable. You will love it.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

Kaoslin as you will note I went shortly after they opened and due to the search Never went back as I stated. Most likey the search thing did not fly and was stopped. As far as my one and only trip I satbat the Bar and was served by a Kilt wearing long hair guy. I actually cant help but to recognize a Long Hair Chubby guy with Hairy Legs. Maybe Kaosin you dont notice things cause you drink like a Drunk. I prefer to be with beautiful women no fat guys in skirts. Kaioslin you are the one that seems to not notice for sure.

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Somebody 1 year, 10 months ago

With your spelling and grammar I would think you stay drunk all the time.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Might be that long haired chubby guy with hairy legs found you attractive.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

You're spending a lot of time describing the long hair chubby guy with hairy legs. You might just want to skim over that next time. You are beginning to look a bit suspicious. You understand what I mean.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

All I can say is Good Bye Kilts in Caskets

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

As far as searches might have been special event I dont know but I do know Three not One not Two Security guys patting down patrons. They possibly looked in womens pocket books? But I along with others got Frisked. They did have music that eve. Possibly specisl event for the bar? Regarfless I did not ever return to the place.

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Somebody 1 year, 10 months ago

Must be some shady looking men going in there if they have to be frisked before entering.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

My thoughts too! Actually I think they were trying to keep Thugs in Hoodies out so they Frisked everybody men that is on the night I went. Again I only went one night never went back. I was told everybody gets Frisked said we dont discriminate. That tell me they wanted to lets say Screen the crowd. I dont frequent places on a regular basis that would even think they needed to Frisk. So I chose to not ever go back and to Spend my money at other places in our fine city.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Vikki Gavre is a good gal and is experienced in food service. I haven't heard anything about "internal" issues, I do know the food was good, the service was sketchy but the beer was cold. I was not searched or frisked, but you know how these Irish folks are. After dark, man, the ILA brings out heavy artillery. You can never be too careful. Something tells me we might see this cafe open up in Lee County. Anyway, my pharmacist, Doc Heilenbel has sold out to big pharma and I will have to find my a local to spend my money. I hate what these box stores have done to local businesses.

I wonder if the City and County and WG&L pay attention to customers leaving or businesses closing?

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RedEric 1 year, 10 months ago

He was my pharmacist also, but I heard he sold out because the new upcoming regulations were too invasive. I thought, well another victim of Obamacare.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't much make a dog doo anymore another one bites the dust. Could be any reason from bad food, bad manners, prices, hairy waiters in skirts don't matter they just come and go here in de Good Life City. Yea Olive Garden is considered fine dining here in the Good Life City. Most likely they will have to change the endless salad and soup bowl policy here. Cause we have plenty if people that will just try to eat thier way to the bottom of that endless salad bowl, drink water and leave little or no tip

Tha

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

If all youz folks thinks it was such a fantastic place youz must bez n de minority or youz didnt dranks nuff beers and whiskeys to keeps a Casket open If that place yo buddy you not support it verry well dud youz. We friends likez youz who needz a bar Oh well it be sumtin elses next months.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

You say you are 58 years old, but I have seen 5 year olds with better spelling and grammar than what you just displayed.

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soccermomlc 1 year, 10 months ago

The food was horrible. I tried to eat there on several occasions and each time my food was cold and inedible. The owner was present on one occasion and promised she would make my order herself. I never saw the food. There were different staff each time I went there. The venue to have local music besides country was awesome. Rock and roll in Albany was alive again. They did do one thing right by booking good, local music.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

I tank SallyO is must be Crackky

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

I think you are smoking crack, you sure act like it, and you sound pretty childish to be 58 years old.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

Read SallyHo Reads sallys Ho. You begood readr yep you be. Tanjs uy you SallyHo. De stills be clised cause they brok. Aint got not munny lft.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

You're a nutcase, and should be put in a straight jacket. I can understand why they frisked you. They should frisk you walking into McDonald's.

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Rutherford 1 year, 10 months ago

I'm a bit dissappointed, but not really surprised, that they closed. I was very excited when they first opened to have an irish themed place in town -- only to find there was really wasn't that much irish about it. I can't remember ever hearing any irish music playing there, and would have loved to listen to some live irish music. When recommendations were made to owner / management about musical possiblities, was told they would "look into it" -- most recently - the beer glass sizes were decreased, but the beer price was not.
regarding the previous comments about the "pat downs" to come into the place -- I had read complaints about it on their facebook page, the poor food prep - I have experienced that first hand, the rude wait staff - been subjected to it.
I will miss the nice, cold guinness though.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

Ditto on the cold guinness and also the black and tan. They did have a couple of Iris balladeers that circulated a few times.

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

A cold Guinness? I have been to several pubs in Dublin, Ireland and to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and never had a cold Guinness. Most of the drinks in Ireland and most of the UK are really a quite warm..and cold drinks are hard to come by. But still, when guests in someone's country one does not complain and the pubs are such fun, who cares about the drinks, huh?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 10 months ago

You are right about lager, bitters, Guinness, tea, coca cola, pepsi, scotch, gin, Irish, etc. etc. The reason might be that most of Europe just never had enough clean water to freeze. I'm thinking it may be something they just got used to and saw no reason to change. I'll take mine cold or over ice, thank you.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

Me and Barney always enjoyed the chilled red wine too.

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