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Food biz newcomers


Carol Smaglinski April 27th, 2011

New restaurant openings provide needed jobs for a great number of people in the metro area, and these seven small businesses are certainly helping out with the economy. From Chinese to great steaks and Russian caviar, it’s all here.

House of Hunan

1316 N. Interstate Drive, Norman

360-7798

After a kitchen fire temporarily shuttered the restaurant last July, Joy Zhao and her husband, Neo Dake Zhang, have reopened their House of Hunan/White Swan in Norman. They are offering authentic cuisine, such as beef with cumin or cilantro chicken. Or, try Ants on a Tree, sweet potato noodles with ground pork. Sure, you can get housemade pot stickers, chicken teriyaki and egg rolls, too.

$$$ Chinese


Geno’s Chophouse

113 Harrison, Guthrie

282-4482

Geno’s, which is not Italian, just opened recently. The menu contains fish and meat, and all dishes are created by experienced chef Geno McNeely in this casual cafe and bar. Now Geno’s has expanded to a dinner hour with a signature dessert: its apple dumplings. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

$$$ Fish and beef


Blackbird Gastropub

575 S. University, Norman

928-5555

Blackbird made its debut just more than a week ago and has 200 seats, plus two patios. Food is American and English with an upscale twist, like fish and chips or a chicken pot pie. The bar is stocked to the gills with a huge selection of whiskeys and scotch. Blackbird is doing business daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and turns into a happening bar after dark.

$$$ American and English


Joey’s Pizzeria

700 W. Sheridan

525-8503

Joey’s, formerly on North Classen, has moved, but the phone number is the same. Now it has a full bar in a bigger and better location and is, in fact, the first restaurant to open in the historic Film Row area. The Bianca Neve pizza, a hot seller, is there, along with a pasta and a sub special each day. There is free delivery, dine-in, carryout and catering.

$$$ Pizza and more


Grand Deli

3501 N.W. 63rd

840-1511

A new owner, Greg Ahrens, took over ownership in January after the previous owner retired after 15 years, and sales are already up 15 percent. People come by first for breakfast sandwiches, and at noon they come back for wraps and deli sandwiches, like a club sandwich, chicken or tuna salad. On the luscious dessert menu, there is coconut cream pie and cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.

$$ Deli


European Market

7706 N. May

361-6565

The former owner of Galena’s has moved her operation and is now just selling groceries. Although there is no restaurant, people can stop by and pick up Polish pierogi brought in from Chicago, along with stuffed cabbage, wonderful tortes, preserves, fish and even caviar. The food is from Russia, Poland, Italy and Germany, among others.

$$$ Groceries and more


Smokin’ Okies Catering

Food truck serving Edmond

615-6830

In late February, an electrical short burned down Smokin’ Okies trailer. But just two weeks ago, owner Larry Starns opened it up again in a new eye-catching yellow food truck. He parks the vehicle around Edmond — often at Walgreen’s at Kelly and Covell — and offers smoked brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken, all smoked in the truck. Check out where the truck will be on Smokin’ Okies’ website, thesmokinokies.com.

$$ Take out and catering

—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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