Twisted Ranch has a new larger home in Soulard. The city’s only ranch-centric restaurant closed its original location at 1730 S. 8th Street two weeks ago, reopening about a block away last Tuesday to meet an ever-growing demand for additional space. Twisted Ranch debuted on the scene in 2015, garnering national attention in 2017 via a viral Buzzfeed video promoting its fanatically ranch-focused theme. 

“We decided to move because at some point because we didn’t really have a choice,” says Chad Allen, who co-owns the concept with Jim Hayden. “During the weekend and some evenings, we had an hour-and-a-half to two hours of wait time.”

As reported by Feast, Twisted Ranch now fills the building previously occupied by Soulard’s Restaurant & Bar, which closed following a fire in March 2017. The expansion more than doubles Twisted Ranch’s capacity  from 45 seats to more than 100 including a second-story dining area with its own bar. The main floor inherits the brand’s pre-established industrial-tinged design, with juxtaposed wood and metal textures. 

In the kitchen, cooks whip up Twisted Ranch’s claim to fame: an extensive set of housemade sauces made to complement menu items such as ranch seasoning-tossed fries. According to Allen, the business originally started with eight different flavors and now has 31. Popular picks include roasted garlic, cheesy bacon, ruffalo (roasted garlic and buffalo wing sauce) and “Jack the Ripper,” featuring a pepperjack cheese-like blend.

“We have a wide range of stuff  sandwiches, wraps, salads and different types of appetizers,” Allen says. “Some dishes have a little bit of Asian and Mediterranean influence. We kind of just try to showcase the diversity of ranch.”

In the future, Allen hopes to utilize the expanded kitchen space to work with his kitchen staff on some more creative items. For now, visitors can find all the Twisted Ranch favorites on offer such as “Big Kid Mac & Cheese” with housemade cheese sauce, pasta, cheesy bacon ranch, house-smoked brisket and bacon, topped with crumbled tater tots and green onion.

Another popular pick is pesto chicken nachos with grilled chicken, spinach-artichoke cheese sauce, shredded cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pesto ranch. Sandwich options include the “Jack the Ripper” burger with jalapeño, bacon, ranch-seasoned ground beef, pepperjack cheese, “Jack the Ripper" ranch, tobacco onions, lettuce, tomato and pickle.

From the full bar, choose from nine different draft beers, some wine selections and signature drinks such as the “Twisted Mary,” a take on the classic Bloody Mary made with ranch-infused vodka.

“We want people to come, be themselves, relax and have fun,” Allen says. “We’re excited to share Twisted Ranch with more people than ever before.”

Twisted Ranch is currently open Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday from 11am to 3pm as well as 5:30 to 9pm; and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Twisted Ranch, 1731 S. 7th St., Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.833.3450, twistedranch.com

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