Chances are you’ll know Julianna Trunko from her Southern Thangs meals truck, a transformed SWAT automobile from which she serves eats starting from alligator bites to deep-fried s’mores.
Now Trunko has opened a brick-and-mortar place, a household eatery known as Twisted Grill & Grind — that includes every part from shrimp and grits to rooster and waffles to pizza to espresso — on Copley Circle.
It’s within the constructing at 1442 S. Cleveland-Massillon Street that previously housed a pizzeria — therefore the construction’s Previous World Italy look, together with a purple tile roof and arched home windows. The constructing sat vacant for about 10 years earlier than being dwelling briefly to a espresso store, which opened in late 2018 and closed earlier this yr.
Trunko, who’s a part-time police officer and a mom of three kids ages 15 and youthful, wasn’t working towards opening a restaurant till the proprietor of the constructing contacted her.
“There are lots of people who stated to the proprietor, ‘You’ve received to get Julianna in right here,”’ Trunko stated.
The proprietor of the constructing close to the intersection of Cleveland-Massillon and Copley roads had purchased the property not lengthy earlier than the previous espresso store opened, and was on the lookout for a brand new tenant.
“He stated to me, ‘All people is aware of you in Copley. You’ve gotten the meals truck,’” Trunko stated.
For now, Twisted Grill & Grind, which celebrated its grand opening on Sunday, is open Four-9 p.m. Sunday via Thursday and Four-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Breakfast and lunch hours will begin Jan. 6. Additionally in January, alligator bites, in addition to another Southern Thangs objects, will be a part of the menu.
The menu, with a Southern aptitude, isn’t massive, however it’s eclectic — together with entrees similar to rooster and waffles ($14); salmon patties ($12); Spicy Shrimp and Tacky Grits ($15) and steak dinner ($16), which all include two sides and selection of slaw or salad and a roll. There are additionally burgers, pizza, wings and salads.
The most costly menu merchandise is the steak dinner at $16. That’s, until you get a big pizza with greater than three toppings.
Quite a lot of espresso drinks can be found at Twisted, in addition to baked items and ice cream.
At Twisted, burgers embody the Cowboy Burger — two quarter-pound patties with shredded pork, bacon, tomato, selection of cheese, onion ring and BBQ sauce ($12). All burgers are served with fries,
There are not any home specialties with regards to pizza. You get a cheese pizza and may add toppings. A big cheese pizza runs $10 and toppings are $2 every.
Salads embody the Twisted Farmers Smash Salad with rooster (fried $10; grilled $11). It boasts tomatoes, onion, cheese, bacon, egg, goat cheese, candy pecans and dry cranberries.
Seize-and-go baked items additionally can be found.
Trunko, who grew up in Florida and the Carolinas, will proceed to function her Southern Thangs meals truck, which debuted in 2014. Earlier this yr, she offered one other meals truck— which makes a speciality of candy treats — that she started in 2016.
She plans to launch a Twisted meals truck in June.
Twisted’s cellphone is 234-466-7477.
Simply so there isn’t a confusion, Twisted Grill and Grind, shouldn’t be related to the Twisted Olive, the Inexperienced restaurant that may be a sister operation to Gervasi Winery in Canton, and Twiisted Burgers & Sushi, additionally a regionally owned spot, in Medina.
A reminder right here, Christopher Pappas, the proprietor of Twiisted in Medina, earlier this yr determined so as to add breakfast within the wake of the closing of the close by Eat’n Park. (Yeah, there are two i’s in Twiisted.)
Pappas additionally employed a bunch of Eat’n Park staffers to cowl the expanded hours. Twiisted is at 985 Boardman Alley in Medina.
Sq. Scullery open home
The Sq. Scullery, which has opened a tiny restaurant at its “ghost kitchen” spot at the back of the American Legion Submit 19 in Akron’s Highland Sq. neighborhood, may have a December open home at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Final yr, Sq. Scullery, which has a meals truck, opened a “ghost kitchen” on the publish, the place meals for pick-up and supply is ready.
Now, the Sq. Scullery additionally affords dine-in seating for 13 to 14 individuals, and has plans to renovate the patio within the spring time. The house owners say seating is usually first-come, first serve, however individuals could make reservations throughout enterprise hours. Name 330-983-9387.
The Sq. Scullery is at the back of the American Legion publish at Casterton Avenue and West Market Avenue. Search for the massive brown doorways.
The parking zone is reserved for members of the American Legion publish, in addition to Sq. Scullery supply (via Doordash, Ubereats, GrubHub & Chownow) and pickup orders. The Sq. Scullery house owners ask restaurant patrons to make use of road parking and close by public parking.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday via Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
The Countryside Previous Path College Winter Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to midday Saturday at 2315 Ira Street, Tub.
The market will then shut for the vacations, returning on choose dates starting Jan. 11. Go to www.cvcountryside.org for a schedule.
In Kent, the winter Haymaker Farmers Market, the granddaddy of markets within the space, runs from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays via April. The church is at 1435 E. Most important St. (state Route 59).
To your calendar, listed below are dates for a few common foodcentric occasions arising subsequent yr.
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Darling! will return to the Akron Civic Theatre at 7 p.m. Feb. eight.
The occasion might be within the 1929 theater’s ornate foyer, and can function 55 home and international wine — reds, whites, Champagne and port. Natural wines might be amongst these served.
Wine tastings might be paired with candies and 18 totally different cheeses from native producers and purveyors, together with Ben Heggy’s Sweet Co., Canton; Fortunate Penny Creamery, Kent; Yellow Home Cheese, outdoors Seville; Mackenzie Creamery, Hiram Township; Mustard Seed Market &; Café, Akron and Tub; and the Kent Cheesemonger store.
Ticket costs $45. All attendees should be 21 or older.
Tickets can be found on the Akron Civic Theatre field workplace, by calling 330-253-2488 or on-line at www.akroncivic.com.
That is the third yr for the occasion, which offered out final yr and the yr prior.
The massive Pizza Palooza celebration is returning to Stow-Munroe Falls Excessive from midday to three p.m. Jan. 26.
That is the fourth yr for Pizza Palooza, which attracts an enormous crowd. Pizza outlets and eating places take part to learn scholar packages within the Stow-Munroe Falls college district. Attendees can solid votes for the Individuals’s Selection pizza.
Every meals merchandise or beverage will value $1. Go to www.SMFcommunity.org for info.
Some three,000 individuals crammed into the varsity for the occasion this previous January.
Ship native meals information to Katie Byard at 330 996-3781 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll be able to comply with her @ KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Fb.