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Twilight's Ristorante has new owner, chef, menu

August 17, 2000

Twilight's Ristorante has new owner, chef, menu



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


Twilight's Ristorante got a new chef and a new menu this week.

David Jones, who was co-owner of the Steakout Restaurant, took over Twilight's on Tuesday from owner Mike Pishvaian.

Jones, 44, of Smithsburg, has a five-year lease on the restaurant, bar and deli, with two five-year options, Pishvaian said. The restaurant has 15 employees.

The restaurant's name will be changed to the New Twilight's By Chef David.

The restaurant downstairs will have a new continental menu featuring fresh seafood, steaks and some of Twilight's better pasta dishes as well as more appetizers, Jones said.

There will be some repainting and the walk-up bar downstairs will be enlarged to a 15-seat bar, he said.

Upstairs, lunch will be served in the deli and at the bar, which will be open, Jones said. The deli area has been open, but has had more carry-out business in recent months, he said.

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The lunch menu features hot and cold sandwiches, salads and assorted entrees.

Jones said he wants to make the upstairs more like a Georgetown bar and will have entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Twilight's will offer catering services with free delivery.

Pishvaian said he's approaching retirement age and is busy with his real estate business and farm in Poolesville, Md., so he doesn't have the time a restaurant demands.

He opened the Italian restaurant in 1994 and the gourmet deli in 1995 because his wife wanted to enter the restaurant business. They divorced earlier this year.

Jones was executive chef at the Airport Inn for eight years, the Venice Inn for 12 years and the Comus Inn in Montgomery County, Md., for two years. He was general manager at the Howard Johnson's restaurant for two years.

His most recent restaurant venture, the Steakout on East Washington Street, closed at the end of May after seven months.

Jones' partner, Chip Snyder, said the business deal did not work out as expected, but wished Jones well at Twilight's.

Twilight's will honor gift certificates from the Steakout, Jones said.

The deli will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. The restaurant will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. on Sundays. The bar will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and until midnight on weekends.

The bar also will be open Sundays for sporting events to be aired on a large screen television.

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