The Twisted Olive, which took over the former Starfish Brasserie spot on Broad Street in Bethlehem, is now open.
The restaurant is owned and operated by chef Steve Kershner, whose previous experience includes a long stint at Apollo Grill just down the street as well as the Hotel Bethlehem, the Spring Valley Inn, and the now shuttered Belmont Inn.
The interior of the restaurant was completely redone, with the bar being enlarged, the booths in the bar area being converted to high table tops, and the dining area refurbished. The menu includes appetizers (arancini, short rib ravioli, and more), soups (including a soup sampler – nice), salads, pizzas, and entrees (with items like braised lamb shank, skirt steak, seared salmon, ahi tuna, etc). Chef Kershner also utilizes fresh ingredients from his home garden in his dishes at the restaurant.
The bar side of the house has a selection of four mostly local craft beers, a range of macrobrews and even more micros in bottles, a nicely varied wine list (with 19 red, white, and roses), and one damn good-looking cocktail list.
The Twisted Olive is open from Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 10pm and is located at 51 W Broad Street.
Just me or does 10PM on a weekend seem crazy? These guys will be out of business in a few months with those hours… we stopped in a couple weeks ago and were less than impressed, it’s going to be an uphill climb for these guys.
I agree…actually the first time I went to go there it was around 9:48pm on a Saturday. I walked up, saw the time, and didn’t even bother going in.
Maybe the owner will read this one and make some improvments, I hope so as I really want something good there to make it…. we were there right at 10:00 their opening week, place was still 1/2 full at the bar, a group of 2 couples made it in and then were turned away at the bar while they proceeded to clean-up at 10:05… we were just confused and went to The Mint.
Look not everybody has to go out late. They obviously do not wish to appeal to the late night rabble rousers, and good for them. Those types can go to Joe’s or the Your Welcome.