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The Ranchers Club was inspired by donations from ranchers, friends

By Alaina Stevens Modified: July 12, 2010 at 11:47 am •  Published: June 22, 2009

STILLWATER — There’s no place like home. Or, in this case, the ranch.

Best known for its delectable steaks, The Ranchers Club was the “brain child” of former General Manager Jim Barnard and Pat Knaub, former dean of the College of Human Environmental Science at Oklahoma State University.

The club opened Nov. 10, 2005, after Barnard and Knaub asked for donations from friends and supporters, who were mostly ranchers.

Those ranchers inspired the interior decor and name, said Marc Dunham, head chef of The Rancher’s Club.

From cowboy hats and hide-backed chairs to a warm fireplace and paintings of the donors’ ranches, the club feels like a ranch home, Dunham said.

The restaurant serves as a “living laboratory” for OSU students to develop skills as hotel and restaurant professionals.

The Rancher’s Club is not a student-run restaurant despite what most people think, Dunham said.

Students pursuing degrees in OSU’s hotel and restaurant administration program are “getting real life experience while being guided by a professional.”

Dunham said he thinks the club’s menu provides patrons with variety and a flair for the classics.

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