Twisted Burger sets opening date

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Twisted Burger’s new West Point location at the corner of the Mossy Oak shopping center will open Sept. 27.

Twister Burger owner J.T. Hurst said the restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

“We will begin opening on Sunday for the after-church crowd, which wasn’t done before,” Hurst said. “We will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sundays.”

Hurst said customers can expect some changes in Twisted Burger’s menu since it’s original West Point location was closed.

“The menu has changed some since we have moved to Columbus,” he said. “There are a couple of new sandwiches and burgers on there now that are different. What we plan to do is opening up with the menu we have now, and then within a month, we will come out with a brand new menu.”

Hurst said the new menu will feature a “Build a Burger” option, and customers can choose between a brioche bun and kaiser roll and a traditional twisted patty, turkey burger or possibly bison in the future.

“Coming into the Mossy Oak shopping center, we wanted to incorporate hunting and wild game into the menu,” he said.

Hurst said the turkey burger provides a healthier option for customers and a black bean burger could eventually be incorporated into the menu to include vegetarian or vegan diets.

Hurst said the meat and seasonings used at Twisted Burger were hand blended daily and never frozen. Also, the french fries will be cut by hand daily. The restaurant’s barbecue sauce, comeback sauce, honey mustard and ranch dressing are all made in-house, and only locally grown produce is used.

The restaurant plans to serve 29 different beers and will have locally-brewed beers on tap.

Twisted Burger will also look to feature a downstairs bar and family-friendly dining area that seats 45 people in addition to having an upstairs eating area featuring televisions and bar height tables to be opened at a later date.

Hurst said a fenced-in outdoor area with tables, two ping pong tables, corn hole and a horse shoe pit will also be ready for use at a later date.

“As long as the fence is all the way around the patio and is 36 inches tall, customers can have beer outdoors,” he said.

Hurst said he hopes to have karaoke night, live music and possibly beer pong tournaments in the future.

“We have a lot of big plans,” he said. “It will be a steady work in progress until we get it where we want it, but we feel like we have a really good menu and a really good client base that has been supporting us coming back to West Point.”

Hurst said Twisted Burger is reopening almost exactly two years after the original location closed.

“We originated in West Point,” he said. “We were here for three years, and we had no intention of leaving West Point. We planned to open a second location in Columbus and then remodel the previous downtown location. I didn’t want to spend my money remodeling a building someone else owned, so we tried to buy the building from the owner and everything went down hill from there.”

Hurst said he looked at several buildings and locations, but none felt right for Twisted Burger until the building that was formerly CJ’s Pizza became available.

“We are fortunate to have a loyal fan base that wanted us to come back to West Point and were always lettings know of available buildings,” Hurst said.