Response in Norman to The Garage Burgers and Beer, 307 E Main St., has been so good, a second location is near completion in Edmond. The new Garage opens Aug. 20 at 601 S Bryant Ave. The Norman location has an expansive bar with video games and Brewskee-Ball in the back, but specializes in gourmet burgers plus a few tacos and french fries served in various states of dress.
Odyssey de Culinaire is halfway home, set to finish Thursday at the Skirvin. Oklahoma City chefs invaded Tulsa last week, combining on a feast featuring pork snout to tail.
Saturn Grill growth
Saturn Grill in MidTown has developed as fast as building permits will allow. Chef/owner Joseph Royer hopes to be up and running near the 10th and Walker roundabout by October. He also plans to remodel his Sweete Memories bakery into a gourmet cookie concept with the industrial bakery in the back continuing to provide Saturn Grill locations with baked goods.
At the beginning of summer, fans of chef Josh Valentine's Divine Swine Pork Bistro were greeted with a cryptic sign on the window, stating “due to life-changing opportunities,” the store would go dark until August. More recently, the building has been put up for sale. What does it all mean? First the bad news: The Divine Swine won't be returning to the location in August. The good news: All is well in chef JV's world. When he resurfaces, it'll be in a big way. Stay tuned ...
If you go in to visit Custino's Italian Kitchen, don't ask for Phil because you won't find him there. The transient chef from Chicago finally returned here to open a new concept with longtime friend Bud Elder, but Custino has already exited. Elder blamed ill health and heavy workload. Elder recently hired a new chef and they will continue to use Custino's original recipes.
A second Tucker's
The second Tucker's Onion Burgers concept will open in Classen Curve late September.
Das Boot CampAndy Gmeiner, chef/owner of Royal Bavaria between Moore and Norman, will soon open Das Boot Camp at 229 E Main in Norman. Gmeiner, who started as executive chef at Royal Bavaria, 3401 S Sooner Road, in 1994, took ownership in 2007. Das Boot Camp, which is scheduled to open in early September, will feature beers brewed by Gmeiner and a lighter menu of German fare.