Industry News | December 12, 2013

Twist and Smash’d Launches in New York

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Twist and Smash’d, a new fast-casual restaurant, opened its doors in Forest Hills, New York, on November 29. Twist and Smash’d was founded by a father and his daughters after a family vacation to Ecuador. Impressed by a local restaurant that served twisted potatoes on a stick, Robert Cano and his daughters came up with the idea for Twist and Smash’d.

The brand offers a variety of “smash’d specialities,” including Chicken and Waffles and the Italian burger. Short rib, chicken, and veggie options are also available. Twist and Smash’d offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night menu options.

The Twisted Potato, also a signature menu item, is a spin on traditional french fries.  Twist and Smash’d uses equipment that turns a potato into a Twisted Potato on a stick. After a quick dip in the fryer, a Twisted Potato can be topped with any choice of seasoning, including salt, Cheddar, chipotle, lemon pepper, and more.  Specialty drinks are also available to accompany any meal, including Strawberry Lemonade and Mango Iced Tea.

Consumers have the option to grab and go, dine inside, or eat outside on the outdoor patio.

Twist and Smash’d is also committed to green practices. The kitchen was built with Energy Star products. Composting is part of the daily routine and eco-friendly packaging is used.

"We are ecstatic to bring Twist and Smash’d to Forest Hills," say Brianna Cano and Robert Cano, owners of Twist and Smash’d.  “This area is the perfect backdrop for our first location, and we think this neighborhood and those visiting will enjoy this new restaurant.”