• Dazzling move: Culinary Kitchen recently completed its move from the old location at 7302 N Western to 2222 N Western, taking over the space long occupied by One Silver Place. While Claude Rappaport and daughter Lori are still installing equipment, the space is dazzling. When all is said and done, the new, improved Culinary Kitchen will be the benchmark for high-performance kitchen appliance stores within a 500-mile radius.
Native Roots nears opening: Attention downtown, you are going to get a grocery store. I know you've been hearing it for years, but this time it's for real. And while it might not be a megastore, it's going to be a lot cooler. Native Roots Market, which closed in Norman at the end of summer, will reopen this month in Deep Deuce.
Inaugural brunch stop: The wife and I have decided to commit to brunch at least once a month. Our first stop in this adventure was at Bellini's Ristorante, 6305 Waterford Blvd. No. 100. The Buthion brothers run what's generally considered among the top brunches in town at their La Baguette Bistro on N May Avenue.
Their first year at the venerable Bellini's, which has been an institution in the Waterford Business Building for nearly three decades, has been a bit of a wrestling match. Chef Alain Buthion, who learned his trade within an hour of the Italian border, was determined to return the menu to its Italian roots. While the food has successfully done that, it hasn't happened without irritating some regulars who grew accustomed to a menu that strayed toward meatloaf and the like over the years. Adding brunch could be the final touch to quiet the loud minority. On a recent resplendent Sunday morning, we toasted Mimosas over beautifully crafted egg dishes The Nest and The Crab with a view of the fountain and under the spell of guitarist Greg Northwood. Brunch starts at 10 a.m. Call 848-1065 for reservations.