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The Radisson Hotel just spent a half million buck transforming its restaurant, Basie's, into Twist Bar and Grill.

"It's a new restaurant with a different name," said the hotel's general manager Jason Salus.

Salus said the $500,000 went exclusively into the restaurant and public restrooms, not into the hotel. Most of the money was spent inside, he said.

"We basically took the old restaurant down and built a new one. There's nothing about it that's the same. It doesn't even look like the same place. it's pretty awesome."

Twist, which had its grand opening at the end of January, was designed by local architect and interior designer Melissa Destree whose been responsible for many restaurant spaces including Bonfyre American Grille and Brickhouse BBQ.

"We went to some of our favorite restaurants in town and found they were designed by the same woman," Salus said, about Destree who also designed Samba Brazilian Grill and The Coopers Tavern.

The reason the restaurant is called Twist is because it's American cuisine with a Wisconsin twist, Salus said. "Every item on the menu should have some locally sourced components, if not wholly and completely. Even the desserts we get from local bakeries."

Most hotel guests come from out of state and "get a kick out of Wisconsin stuff," he said.

The menu, which includes a State Fair brat, Nueske's bacon burger and wild mushroom orecchiette pasta, can be found at twistbarandgrill.com.

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