Nino's restaurants close
All three Nino's Mexican Restaurant locations closed in December without warning. The local chain, which dates to the late 1970s and its original owner Nino Aita, had locations in Midwest City, south Oklahoma City and on the Northwest Expressway. The company was under new ownership as of 2007. The stores closed abruptly, leaving only makeshift signs on the doors thanking customers for their patronage. The website is still operating with no word of the closures posted.
Two openings on Memorial Road
The space long occupied by Harrigan's on the northwest corner of W Memorial and N Pennsylvania is now home to two new restaurants. The original building also housed Ole Mexican Cafe and a clothing store before being razed and replaced by a multiunit strip, which now is home to Smashburger and Genghis Grill.
The Smashburger unit is the second in the city, joining a location at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City at Interstate 40 and Council Raod. Smashburger specializes in premium hamburgers and chicken sandwiches with multiple ingredient choices.
Genghis Grill, which is a Mongolian barbecue concept with build-your-own-bowl options, has locations in Moore, Bixby and Tulsa. The first Oklahoma City locations opened last week.
Edmond gets Ethiopian eatery
EDMOND — Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine has opened, marking the metro area's second restaurant to offer the unique cuisine. Owner Selam Abebe does all the cooking. Her menu, as is common in Ethiopian cuisine, begins with the injera bread. Injera comes in rolls, which are broken at the table and used instead of forks to sop, grab, swipe or pinch dishes served family style.
On the menu you'll find traditional dishes like the stuffed pastry Sambusa, the braised chicken wot, and sauteed lamb tips served with injera. Blue Nile is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
Chocolate Decadence is Feb. 2
Historic Automobile Alley will host the 15th annual Chocolate Decadence from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2, in the Hudson-Essex Loft Offices, 825 N Broadway. The party showcases chocolate dishes from local restaurants, caterers and confectioners plus jazz, wine and champagne, gourmet coffees and a Valentine auction.
All proceeds support Automobile Alley projects like the realignment of the 6th Street Centennial Gateway, installation of vintage-style neon signs and facade enhancements and street furniture.
Participating in this year's event are: Brown's Bakery, Bricktown Brewery, Café Evoke, CocoFlow, Deep Fork Grill, Iguana Mexican Grill, Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Cafe, Kaiser's American Bistro, Kamp's 1910 Cafe, La Luna Mexican Cafe, Matthew Kenney, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse, Museum Café, Park Avenue Grill, Paseo Grill, Red Piano Bar, Red Primesteak, Stella's Modern Italian Cuisine, The Melting Pot and Two Sisters Catering.
Tickets are $50 and available at downtownokc.
Scramble for the Omelet Party
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host its 28th annual Omelette Party from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 4. This year's Eggs Royale party will raise funds for the museum, offering live music, dancing, cocktails, an art raffle of more than 50 local artists' works and gourmet omelets prepared by area chefs and restaurants.
Tickets are $80 in advance and will not be sold the day of the party. Tickets are available at the museum and online. For more information, call 236-3100, ext. 207, or go to okcmoa.com.
FROM STAFF REPORTS