Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Chef At Twist & Turn, New White Oak Promises "Farm To Table" Pub -- All On Twitter

It is a new world.  I posted yesterday about a possible new chef at Twist & Turn and an apparent new restaurant to replace Jilly's, and confirmation came back on both via Twitter.

From chef Bruce Allen's Twitter feed, you can see that he is leaving Sonoma's and joining the Twist & Turn Tavern in Highland.  I had heard that the place had picked up the front-house manager from Facci on Johns Hopkins Road.  They're also building an awning for new outdoor seating.

The White Oak Tavern Twitter page leads you to Facebook where you can see photos of the place, promises of "farm to table" pub food, and mentions of chef Greg Mason.  It looks like they're marrying the seasonal food trend with the "taphouse" model of many beer options.  I'm never happy to hear about a place closing, but it sounds like White Oak wants to offer something special in the new place.

Anyone know the plans at either place?  Timing on changes at Twist & Turn or opening at White Oak?

7 comments:

Jack said...

Doing some social media searching it looks like some employees of Bare Bones are opening The White Oak Tavern - brother and sister Peter and Clare Frey and some partners.

Danny Jongezoon said...

The best of the best at BareBones is opening up their take on a "fine dining tap house"

Jack said...

Article in Baltimore Sun/HC Times confirms information on White Oak Tavern and indicates planned opening date is December 1st.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-cf-jillys-closed-1017-20131015,0,2301282.story

Vanessa Johnson said...

My dad, Noel Johnson, is the other partner. They are planning on opening December 1st but it may be earlier if all goes well. They are farm-to-table with 25-35 craft beers. They are remodeling the entire place.

Anonymous said...

I am excited about White Oak. I've known the new owners for years and I look forward to what they have to offer. I have also known the owner of the other place for years. Facci is great. I'll leave it at that.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Yes, Lisa Passalacqua, the former Manager Extraordinaire at Facci, is now at Twist N Turn. They have a new chef and a new menu is in the works. Lisa brings a lot of spirit and fun to the Twist n Turn. Can't wait to go for Prime Rib night on Thursdays!

Anonymous said...

Bare bones' food is very boring. As was jillys. Looking forward to white oak being something new and fresh on rt 40.