Olive or Twist to expand into restaurant

Perkins Road’s Olive or Twist will become Olive or Twist Bar + Kitchen in the near future.

The bar, at 7248 Perkins Road, will take over the space next door, which currently houses Painting and Pinot.

Construction has not yet begun, and there is no timetable for opening the restaurant. Painting and Pinot has not yet closed, and a parking lot located behind the Investar Bank has not yet been filled.

However, the restaurant will have room for more than 60 patrons. The kitchen also will have some local talent.

Richard Markert has been hired as the executive chef. Markert is the owner and chef at Taste, a restaurant located in downtown’s Main Street Market. Markert will bring with him his unique take on Southern food.

“It’s going to be a modern Louisiana kitchen,” he said. “We want to cook and think outside of the box.”

Because of the move, Markert’s Taste will close Feb. 27.

At Olive or Twist Bar + Kitchen, patrons can expect lunch and dinner during the week and brunch on Saturday.

For information, visit oliveortwistbr.com or call (225) 456-2188.

Tin Roof’s latest brews coming this month

Baton Rouge’s Tin Roof Brewing Company is bringing back a seasonal and single-batch beer.

The brewery will release its German Hefeweizen, Yonder Hefe, and its single batch Russian imperial stout, Smiling Ivan, near the end of February.

Yonder Hefe will be available in cans and on draft in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, starting the last week of February.

Smiling Ivan will be available for a limited time in 22-ounce bomber bottles, starting Monday. The stout will also be available on draft around Louisiana and Mississippi.

The brewery will celebrate the release of both beers at its tap room at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, with live music and food.

Palermo Ristorante coming to former Latte e Miele spot

Baton Rouge restaurateur Wayne Stabiler said he’s about a month away from opening his latest property, Palermo Ristorante.

The restaurant is located in the former Latte e Miele at 7809 Jefferson Highway.

Stabiler said the name is a nod to where his family came from.

The restaurant will specialize in traditional dishes such as osso bucco, pastas and pizzas at prices equivalent to those at Stabiler’s Little Village restaurants.

“We’re going to serve high-quality food,” Stabiler said.

The restaurant is located across the street from another upcoming Stabiler property, Stab’s Prime steakhouse and seafood restaurant, which is currently under construction.

“There’s a lot happening around Jefferson Highway,” Stabiler said. “I’m looking to move to that area because I love the location of it.”

Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter, @MatthewSigur. Timothy Boone contributed to this report