Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar is sprouting up in Phoenix this August, bringing its irresistible mix of craft cocktails and modern American cuisine to one of the Valley's most watched culinary destinations. Boldly housed inside a welcoming yet stylish space at the NW corner of Camelback Rd. and 32nd St., the all-new Twisted Grove location will take over the high-profile restaurant space formerly occupied by Stella restaur
ant (and famously Zen 32 before that). In order to maintain Twisted Grove's distinctively laid-back, sip, snack and linger vibe, chef-owner Christopher Collins will be making some big changes to the familiar space. First, the restaurant's main entrance will be split into two distinct options: a front door that former visitors to the space will be familiar with, and now a back door entrance complete with dedicated restaurant parking, and a valet (a first for the Biltmore Plaza Shopping Center). Second, the dining room will be overhauled and made more comfortable, and communal. Oversized tufted booths and community tables will beckon, while the signature display kitchen will still serve as the focal point. Family artwork, a leave-one, take-one cookbook library, and other Twisted Grove staples will round out the experience.
This new neighborhood hangout represents a return to his roots for the Biltmore-raised Collins, a fourth generation restaurateur who was literally raised inside a series of restaurants by his father, Wally Collins, who still operates the popular Wally's Pub 'n Grill in nearby Arcadia. "Ever since I first opened Twisted Grove in Scottsdale two years ago, I've been looking to bring it to the neighborhood where I grew up," Collins says. "This space has everything you could hope for; a great location, two dining patios overlooking 32nd St. and a bright, airy dining room and bar. Plus, guests will now be able to drop their car off at the valet and slip in the back door."
Twisted Grove's new location will also feature the same compact yet comprehensive menu as the Scottsdale original, starting with perfect-for-sharing Small Plates such as creamy, rich house-made Burrata and Tomatoes, Twisted Oysters (quick broiled and topped with creamed spinach, tasso ham relish and shallot butter), and of course, the signature Charred Brussels Sprouts with candied bacon. Not to mention a variety of hearty bruschetta boards, farm-fresh salads such as the top-selling Twisted Noodle, and bold sandwiches such as Crispy Grouper and the Classic French Dip piled high with shaved prime rib and topped with horseradish aioli. Go big with lunch or dinner entrées such as housemade pappardelle or cavatelli pastas, or skip straight to the dessert menu featuring Collins' famed daily pies. Twisted Grove in Phoenix will also offer Weekend Brunch featuring a Bloody Mary Bar and Champagne Station, as well as a daily Twisted Hour (3 - 6 pm), featuring $4 craft beers, $7 wines by the glass and craft cocktails for only $7 each. (Menu changes seasonally.)
Scheduled to open in August, Twisted Grove in Phoenix will be the latest addition to Valley-based Common Ground Culinary, a fast-growing collection of neighborhood restaurants and bars owned by Collins, including Grassroots Kitchen & Tap in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Sweet Provisions in Scottsdale, Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar in Scottsdale and Wally's American Gastropub in Scottsdale.