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  • Update on Nani-gate

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Chefs Colin Stringer and Andon Whitehorn had the first of what could be a number of days in court before a local judge, pleading to operate their Japanese-Choctaw concept out of the home. Oklahoman reporter Graham Lee Brewer covered the hearing, which will pick up again in a few days. I'm...

  • Oklahoma City chefs gaining notice beyond borders

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last Sunday, chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson's R&J Lounge and Supper Club was featured in the New York Times Travel section and this weekend chef Kurt Fleischfresser travels to New Orleans to compete with some of the countries top chefs. Not bad for the land of chicken-fried...

  • UPDATED: The Haunted House has risen from the dead

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive is haunting again starting. After more than half a century in operation followed by a couple of months dark, The Haunted House reopens with a new owner and name. The new owner is Patrick M. Boylan, who made is...

  • Cafe Condesa, Anchor Down open downtown

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Downtown dining took a big step forward with two recent openings. Last week, Cafe Condesa, 300 Park Ave., opened in the vacant space adjacent to the east side of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. Owned by the Del Cid family, who have the city's best breakfast stop in Cafe Kacao in the...

  • Western wears on despite growing competition; VZD's reboot nears, The Sandwich Club Opens

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Before Midtown, Uptown, the Plaza District or even Bricktown, the North Western Avenue corridor was Oklahoma City’s vanguard for restaurants and night life, drawing a major portion of local discretionary funds. Charlie Newton’s, Magnolia Café, Cappucino’s and Cuisine 43 took turns as...

  • Tasting Room hosts NoName Ranch dinner and you should be there

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    On Friday night, The Tasting Room , 4322 N Western Ave., will host the first of a series of dinners spotlighting local producers. First up is Bruce and Joan Buechner of NoName Ranch, which produces all-natural beef raised and processed in Wynnewood. The Buechners raise a unique breed of...

  • Dodson's Cafeteria founder dies; mourning becoming too common in local restaurant community

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma City food industry lost one of its earliest pioneers this week when Joe Dodson passed away at the age of 91 on Tuesday. Dodson, a former Oklahoma Restaurant Association president and National Restaurant Association board member, was founder – along with his wife of 71 years Charlotte...

  • New Republic to rise in spring; Haunted House nears rebirth

    Dave Cathey | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Over the weekend, developers with the new Chisholm Creek development  on N Western Avenue, just south of Memorial Road, announced Republic Gastropub will be among its first tenants. “We are thrilled to welcome Republic Gastropub to the Chisholm Creek mix of world-class restaurants and...

  • Mutt's Sold to Edmond couple

    Dave Cathey | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    On Monday Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson finalized purchase of Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs from independent restaurateur Chris Lower and his partners. The Wilkersons are both retired Army, Kevin is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. The couple, who live in Edmond, got into the restaurant business...

  • Craft Beer Festival Moving Indoors; Beer-sharing fantasies revealed

    Dave Cathey | Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Oklahoma’s notorious weather has once again tested the resourcefulness of its residents, this time targeting those determined to celebrate craft beer. As usual, red-dirters have reacted with aplomp, moving the The Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival, which is Saturday, inside the Cox Convention Center....

  • Franklin BBQ serves 'Crazy' good brisket

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

      As I finished the last of the brisket I brought home from Franklin BBQ in Austin, I found myself wonderin’. As in, “wonderin’ – what in the world did I do” to deserve the best fatty brisket on the planet. The short answer is I waited more than four hours in line on a […]

  • Pepe's Mexican Restaurant namesake passes away

    Dave Cathey | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Julian “Pepe” Gonzalez died on April 19, leaving behind a legacy that included 60 years in the restaurant business as a member of Oklahoma City’s first family of Mexican food. Gonzalez owned Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant on April 23, 1982, then Laredo’s in 1986. Pepe’s has been in operation ever...



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