By Ed Sharpe
Twin Peaks made its West Valley debut this month with a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday, June 20 at its new Glendale location.
The 6,500-square-foot cabin-themed sports restaurant, located at 6922 N. 95th Ave., is nestled between the Tanger Outlets and Westgate Entertainment District. The Glendale location joins locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale as the third Twin Peaks in Arizona and the 82nd system-wide.
The Glendale location first opened Saturday, June 16.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, members of Glendale City Council and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ribbon-cutting along with Twin Peaks representatives and servers.
“They chose Glendale to put their money and hopes. As a former business owner, I know what it’s like to take a chance,” Mayor Weiers said. “This is the epicenter of growth in Maricopa County, and I’m very, very glad they chose Glendale. I wish them all the success in the world.”
Twin Peaks Glendale has created about 125 new jobs. General Manager Thomas Lacy relocated from out of state to be a part of it.
“I recently worked at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Oklahoma and relocated here for the opportunity to bring Glendale their very own Twin Peaks,” he said. “So, I’m extremely excited to open our doors and start serving this wonderful community… We’ve hired an enthusiastic, hardworking team and we’re all looking forward to creating a rarified experience to make each of our guests feel special.”
Twin Peaks Glendale features 86 high-definition flat screen TVs and 32 beers on tap, served at 29 degrees. The restaurant has a fire pit on the outdoor patio and two bars — one indoor and outdoor. The inside is modeled after a hunting lodge with mounted animals on the walls and lodge-themed decor throughout. The entire menu is prepared in-house, to order and in generous portions meant to satisfy every appetite.
The restaurant chain is also known for its female servers known as Twin Peaks Girls who normally wear tied-up red and black checkered flannel tops and khaki shorts.
Carolyn Vangelos and her husband Andy Bayless are owners and franchisees of all three Twin Peaks locations in the Valley.
Councilwoman Joyce Clark, who represents the Yucca District, which contains the new Twin Peaks, welcomed the restaurant to her community.
“I am delighted that the owners of Twin Peaks restaurant with locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, selected Westgate for their latest venture,” she said. “Their TVs everywhere, 29-degree beer on tap and American home cooking from scratch guarantees that they are a winning addition to the blockbuster lineup of Westgate’s restaurants.”