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Twisted Olives restaurant opens in Niagara Falls hotel

A new restaurant opened two weeks ago in the Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls, a hotel on Rainbow Boulevard.

Twisted Olives, 333 Rainbow Blvd., boasts some of the roomiest patios downtown, with a total of 135 feet of patios stretching along two sides of the building.

Despite its hotel location, the restaurant has so far drawn many Niagara Falls residents, said Kristen Clark, managing partner.

Since its grand opening Memorial Day weekend, the customers have been about 80 percent local, she said. That could change, as the peak tourist season starts this week.

The main dining room holds about 70, the bar another 20 or more, in addition to patio seating. The restaurant also offers a private dining room that holds 25.

Food includes small plates like stuffed peppers with andouille sausage and pico de gallo ($11) and a hummus plate with raita cucumber yogurt ($13), brick oven pizzas ($13-$16) including goat cheese and arugula-prosciutto. Sandwiches range from Buffalo chicken wrap ($11) to Twisted burger, with a fried egg and bacon ($17); entrees include cavatappi pasta with chicken in tomato cream sauce ($19) and short ribs over polenta ($22).

The drinks menu includes a line of signature martinis and 12 taps of draft beer.

Clark said she is planning industry nights for casino employees, and event nights like cigar nights on the patio for men, and painting nights for women. Unlike some hotel-side restaurants in downtown Niagara Falls, Clark said, Twisted Olives does not add a “resort fee” to dining checks.

Dining hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with later bar hours. Phone: 215-6222.

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