Twist Bistro is a family-run restaurant and art gallery filled with creative tastes and a bright, welcoming atmosphere. Its planned opening in February 2020 was delayed, first due to construction issues, and then the initial COVID outbreak. Because of this, Twist Bistro could not open until May of 2020 and then, at only half-capacity as per government mandates. Like so many other businesses, the insurgence of COVID severely affected their ability to stay afloat, let alone make a name for themselves as a new business. The fantastic community did try to help and allowed for new loyal customer relationships to be built. For which they are forever grateful.
Sadly, however, this was not the only obstacle these dedicated owners faced. Due to the unfortunate circumstances regarding their delayed opening, Twist Bistro was not eligible for the Business COVID Relief Programs offered (PPP, etc.). This, in combination with lower volume, caused management to make the difficult decision to shorten their hours or close on several occasions.
Twist Bistro has also has multiple medical issues which has hurt their hours. The owner and chef caught COVID, pneumonia, and valley fever in consecutive months, leading to more closures. One of their main staff members was severely injured in an accident. Throughout this and several other unforeseen complications of new businesses including POS (Point of Sales) corruption, the owners and staff have remained optimistic, focusing instead on the quality of their food and service.
This summer has added its own complications. The biggest travel summer in a decade - following the lifting of travel restrictions – has caused the number of patrons coming in daily to drop considerably. With this area’s considerable season-based residents, the Twist Bistro Family has once again had to shorten their hours, which they understand can affect customers who visit during those newly closed times.
Unfortunately, Twist Bistro, its owners, and staff are sad to say that this has put them at severe risk of closure. Over the last 18 months, the Twist Bistro Family has fallen in love with the community. It has been a pleasure getting to know this area better.
They are asking for any help or support you can provide. Please, if you are able, donate to support a locally-run, family-owned business. Thank you.