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Josh Valentine does Oklahoma proud on 'Top Chef'

News from around the Oklahoma food scene, including items about chef Josh Valentine's appearance on ‘Top Chef' and the opening of La Madeleine, a French-style cafe, in Oklahoma City.
by Dave Cathey Modified: March 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm •  Published: March 6, 2013
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Meanwhile, S&B continues to prove it's the little burger joint that could thanks to the imagination of Shannon Roper and Bryan Neel.

Sources tell me the next target for S&B is far north Oklahoma City. The tentative target is a June opening in the general vicinity of N May Avenue and Memorial Road.

• La Madeleine, a Dallas-based, French-style cafe, is coming to Oklahoma City. Founded in 1983 by Patrick Esquerre, the franchise is now owned by Le Duff America. An Oklahoma City franchise is planned within the next 12 months.

The restaurant specializes in French country-style food served in a fast-casual setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Expect fresh house-made breads, pastries and soups. The menu also offers salads, sandwiches, crepes, quiches and stuffed puff pastries. You will also find a bistro-style chicken, pastas and paella. Breakfast is a mix of hearty items and European specialties.

On the deep down-low, I have confirmation that chef Ryan Parrott, recently of Local in Norman and Iguana Mexican Grill before that, will open a new taqueria-style concept on the northwest corner of NW 36 and Western Avenue, where Ronnie Black's Automotive flourished for many years.

He'll partner with Jeff Rogers of City Walk nightclub to open a chef-driven menu in a fast-casual setting.

The name is still a few weeks from being released, and look for it to open in early summer.

Even deeper in the chasm of clandestine is news about the long-vacant restaurant space atop Founders Tower, 5900 Mosteller Drive. Sources tell me a brand-new restaurant is due to open its doors where Nikz at the Top last spun, in the near future.

I will have more information about the new concept in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.