By Jared Janzen
HALSTEAD—The grand opening of Halstead’s newest restaurant is just days away. Twisted Joes, located at 221 Main St., will open for the first time this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Owner Kristi Van Horn said she is both excited and nervous for the opening. This is Van Horn’s first time owning a restaurant, having previously worked as a manager at Applebee’s in Newton.
The menu will feature variations on sloppy joes and hot dogs. Among these are “The Dragon,” a sloppy joe topped with sautéed jalapenos, cheese sauce and sriracha and “The Garcia,” the so-called Cuban cousin of the Joe that is seasoned beef, garlic and olives tossed in Mojo sauce.
Other menu items are pulled pork sandwiches, smoked turkey sandwiches, cheez fries and milkshakes.
Customers will come up to the counter to order and pay and can then wait at their table for their food to be called. Van Horn still plans to have servers in the dining area though just to keep a friendly atmosphere. She has hired several local high school students to be servers.
Twisted Joes will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and will reopen for supper from 5 to 10 p.m., staying open till midnight on Fridays. They’ll also be open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a place to show NFL games.
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