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Restaurant at top of Devon Tower set to open

The Food Dude shares news and notes from around the Oklahoma City restaurant scene.
by Dave Cathey Modified: July 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm •  Published: July 31, 2012

Sometimes you want to know a whole lot about a little, and others you want to know a little about a whole lot. Herein lies the latter:

Vast opening

Vast, the swanky restaurant concept high up within the new Devon Tower, will open Oct. 24. You can make reservations now by calling 702-7262.

Adding ice cream

Kaiser's American Bistro has added an ice cream counter. Owner Shaun Fiaccone told me he and his partners wanted to simplify things for those guests coming in for ice cream only. As you enter, the ice cream counter is to your left, with dedicated stools and a view right into the goodies. With this summer finally taking a page from the last one, this is one of the coolest places in the city to take respite.

Metro move

As mentioned in last week's column about the 101-course Culinaire for a Cause, Christine Dowd has been named executive chef of The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro. Dowd made her reputation as the owner/chef of Trattoria il Centro, which closed earlier this year. Dowd and partner Maggie Howell still own and operate Aunt Pitty Pat's Catering. Dowd takes over for chef Rolyn Soberanis, who joins the staff at Big Truck Tacos. Metro owner Chris Lower said he is ecstatic to add Dowd to the team. She is known not only for her culinary skills but also for her natural leadership skills. I'll be taking a closer look at Dowd's impact on The Metro in the next month.

Guernsey Park building

If you've been prowling out behind Cuppies & Joe on NW 23 Street, you might've seen a beautiful restaurant space being built called Guernsey Park. The new restaurant will be the playground of Vuong Nguyen, current first apprentice at The Coach House. Nguyen's graduation dinner is set for Aug. 19, and he hopes to have Guernsey Park opened by middle to late September. Nguyen, who just finalized the menu for his graduation service, said the menu will reflect his Asian heritage but be driven by the classic flavors and techniques he's been studying under chefs Kurt Fleischfresser and David Henry the past two years.

New start

Speaking of The Coach House Apprenticeship program, former Burger Rush owner Kevin Lee recently began the program.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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