Longtime friends Jason Beall and Steve Fredericks thought outside the fast-casual box when opening their new Evans burrito restaurant, which they hope to one day franchise.
The pair developed Twisted Burrito that opened Tuesday at 4446 Washington Road in the Shoppes at Camelot. Twisted Burrito replaces the Retreat Tapas Bar that closed in January.
Beall and Fredericks, who each have more than 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry, wanted to design unique offerings and created their own sauces and toppings.
“The flavor is on the inside,” Beall said. “Nothing on the board tastes the same, and nothing that we sell is traditional.”
Most of the menu is devoted to speciality burritos, like the Bob Marley, Boss Hogg, Jackie Chan and Veg Head, but the restaurant also serves quesadillas and salads. Another “twist” to the Tex-Mex concept is that fries are served as side items in lieu of chips and salsa.
There currently are about nine different burritos on the menu, which will likely be expanded to about 15 options, the duo said.
The restaurateurs expect to receive a beer and wine license in early October and will soon after begin offering burrito and craft beer pairings.
“We want to bring the downtown feel to Evans, so you don’t have to drive all the way downtown to go to a cool place,” Fredericks said.
The 2,600-square-foot restaurant can seat 55 diners inside and a few more on the outdoor patio. It employs a staff of about 12 people.
Beall and Fredericks plan to offer catering in the future. They are already looking at other locations in the metro area to expand and slowly want to franchise the concept after opening a few restaurants.