By SHERI GASSAWAY
The Syberg’s Family of Restaurants has opened a new eatery in Arnold called Twisted Tavern that was completely remodeled by union contractors.
The restaurant, formerly a Ruby Tuesday’s, is located at 3606 West Outer Road. It’s less than three miles south from the Arnold Syberg’s, which opened five years ago. It takes inspiration from the family’s Twisted Tree Steakhouse in Sunset Hills offering similar menu items in a more casual, relaxed atmosphere.
Jim Schuette, the group’s chief operating officer, comes from a union family. His father is a union carpenter and his cousin is a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 so he understands the value of using union contractors.
“The attention to detail, superior craftsmanship and overall professionalism can’t be beat,” Schuette said. “It makes what I do much easier.”
Twisted Tavern is the 10th establishment to open by the Syberg’s Family of Restaurants. In addition to Twisted Tree Steakhouse, it owns seven Syberg’s in the St. Louis area and Helen FitzGerald’s Irish Pub & Grill in Sunset Hills.
PLEDGE TO USE UNION CONTRACTORS
Helen FitzGerald’s and the Syberg’s at 7802 Gravois Road were on the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council’s “Do Not Patronize” list for using non-union contractors until November 2019. That’s when the group’s owners met with John Stiffler, the council’s executive secretary-treasurer, and signed a pledge to use only union contractors.
“We sat down with John, and it’s been a wonderful relationship,” Schuette said. “He’s really been able to help us. For example, he was able to find me a HVAC company to work on our hoods, and we were really struggling with finding someone.”
WORKED OUT WELL
Stiffler said he wished that the owners of all of the businesses on the council’s Do Not Patronize list would be as receptive as the Syberg’s Family of Restaurants.
“Our relationship has been nothing but great, and we’re really happy,” Stiffler said. “Things have worked out well.”
In December, several union building trade’s business representatives – all members of the Jefferson County Labor Club – toured the new restaurant before it opened and met with Schuette.
OFFER TO HELP
IBEW Local 1 Business Representative Chuck DeMoulin, the club’s president, encouraged Schuette to reach out to the club if he needed any help with finding local union contractors.
“I think Twisted Tavern will do really well out here, and the fact that it was remodeled with union contractors is obviously a big thing for us,” he said.
Some of the union contractors who helped with the building remodel included B & C Painting, Akron Electric, Integrated Facility Services and Flooring Systems.
ON THE MENU
Schuette said Twisted Tavern’s menu and recipes are completely different from Syberg’s, offering a slightly higher-end dining experience. He described the restaurant as “burgers and pizza done really well.”
“You won’t find a burger like this around here,” he said. “We use a tri-blend of brisket, short ribs and chuck, and it’s phenomenal.”
The restaurant will feature some of the most popular menu items from Twisted Tree Steakhouse – like onion rings and Twisted shrimp. It also offers a bone-in Kansas City “prime” strip steak wet-aged for 45 days and dry-aged 45 days for $50.
Twisted Tavern also serves breakfast and is open Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit twistedtavernstl.com.