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POPS cafe revamps menu to offer ‘gourmet road food’

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: February 26, 2009 at 5:16 am •  Published: February 26, 2009
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ARCADIA — POPS, the 18-month-old Route 66 landmark, has revamped its menu with the cafe being taken over by local restaurateurs Keith and Heather Paul.

The Pauls are owners of Iron Star BBQ, Red Prime Steakhouse, Cheevers and C Market. Keith Paul said the idea of the Pauls taking POPS cafe under their wings first came up during a casual meeting with the landmark’s owner, Aubrey McClendon.

"Aubrey is a friend of ours and is very familiar with our other restaurants in Oklahoma City,” Paul said. "We were just having a very causal meeting and he asked, ‘What could we do here; do you have any other ideas?’ He then approached us about joining in on the management.”

The Pauls’ Good Egg Group is working with POPS manager Marty Doepke, who has been with the cafe, convenience store and gas station since it opened in July 2007.

"Obviously Good Egg knows what they’re doing,” Doepke said.