27 January, 2022, 23:04

Twisted Tandoor returns to food truck origins, closes restaurant

Popular Indian food truck and caterer-turned-restaurant Twisted Tandoor ceased operations at their brick-and-mortar space on Sunday, November 19.

Twisted Tandoor opened earlier this year on July 1 by Roop Singh in partnership with JAM Culinary Concepts, the same organization behind Vero Amore, Noble Hops, the Still, and Sazerac Creole Kitchen & Cocktails.

“We are sad that Twisted Tandoor is closing,” said Suzanne Kaiser, who owns JAM with her sons Josh and Aric Mussman. “It offered a special combination of service, food and ambiance with the work of many amazing people.”

Closure was planned for November 22, but the decision was made to close early once a refrigeration issue was discovered.

On November 24, the space resumed operations as Twist, a venue for parties, meetings, and catering for holidays until the end of the year.

“We have an exciting new concept to go into the space that we are working on now and hope to open sometime in January,” Kaiser said.

No reason was provided for the closure — however, the Twisted Tandoor Facebook page, operated by Singh, posted on Monday night to confirm they will continue operating via the food truck:

While the schedule and locations has not been shared yet, Heirloom Farmers Markets may be one of the truck’s regular stops.

Sri Lankan food truck the Curry Pot is working with Twisted Tandoor to alternate appearances. “It’s the best of both words,” Manish Shah, founder and board member of Heirloom Farmers Markets. “We have Punjabi from the north and Sri Lankan from the south.”

Although the details haven’t been finalized, Shah is excited for the truck’s return.

“People adored the Twisted Tandoor and their food,” Shah said. “We’re super happy to have them back […] I hope the Tucson community continues to support them.”

Keep up with the Twisted Tandoor on Facebook.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.