The Good Egg Restaurant group is all set to open its second Tucker's location in the coming weeks, and is now turning its attention to Kitchen 324, what corporate chef Robert Black calls the most ambitious concept with which he's ever been involved. The restaurant within SandRidge Energy will be a seasonally inspired cafe, craft bakery and coffee curator serving American rustic cuisine for breakfast, lunch and early supper to the public. Chef Chris McCabe has been working on the concept and chef Beth Ann McFarland will leave Republic Gastropub in the next couple weeks to helm the operation for the long term. Look for Kitchen 324 to open in December or in early 2013.
Hal Smith and Good Egg aren't the only groups expanding their operation. Flatire Burgers opened a second location in Bethany last week at 6315 NW 39th Expressway. The new location shares the same great burgercentric menu but will operate via counter service rather than full. Also, look for a second Pops Diner across from The Melting Pot in Bricktown in the near future.
New restaurants to check out include Bighead's Cajun Food Po Boys and Burgers in Edmond and Caper's Mediterranean Bistro and Buffet, which marks the return of longtime Cafe 501 chef Nordeen Bennai to the market, just south of Lake Hefner. More details on these new independent local restaurants in the weeks to come.
Five Guys Burgers recently opened its second metro location at 6900 NW Expressway Suite B. You'll remember Five Guys not only for its premium burgers but also for the diner whose excitement was such that she inadvertently created a drive-thru window where one did not exist. The national chain soon will open another store at 2300 W Memorial.
A word on Custino's: Tragic.
Chef Don Duncan, previously of the original Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine location, is now behind the stove at Bin 73 with chef Beau Stephenson.
The Gourmet Gallery, located in Edmond at 1532 S Boulevard and 2820 NW 122 in Oklahoma City has announced a collaboration with Terry Sinclair's Soup Soup. Terry will offer well-known favorites, but also has created recipes exclusive to Gourmet Gallery. A special tasting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at both Gourmet Gallery locations.