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Bite Size: 12-28-11


News and notes on OKC dining.

Carol Smaglinski December 28th, 2011


Year-round bikini weather
The new location for Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill will be 2747 W. Memorial. The franchise, based out of Austin, offers American fare such as chicken, steak, hot wings and tacos. The waitstaff will wear the official Bikinis uniform: cut-off shorts and, of course, its signature bikini tops. In addition to food and service, Bikinis has plenty of room for watching sports events. For more information, visit bikinissportsbarandgrill.com.

An easy vote

“Oh, my gosh,” said Billie Baird after winning $25,000 in the Love a Local Business contest. Baird and her daughter, Abbi, own and operate Abbi Kate’s Cupcakes, an online cupcake company offering delivery in the metro area. The gals are one of nine national finalists and have until Dec. 31 to pick up another 25 grand — if they get enough votes. Visit bit.ly/stnCqV or text “abbikates” to 244326, and then visit abbikatescupcakes.com.

Lights out
Two recent auctions were held involving the now-closed Panera Bread at 2035 S. Meridian and Maria’s Mexican Restaurant at 620 N.W. Fifth in Moore.

A new Panera Bread is opening — hopefully tomorrow — in the Wastage Shopping Center, 6410 S.W. Third, and will have a drive-thru.

Spice up the new year
The Dale Rogers Training Center in Oklahoma City recently partnered with Cedar Hill Seasonings of Edmond to create Prairie Spice, a new line of seasonings aimed at benefiting Oklahomans with disabilities.

The spices are custom-blended by Cedar Hills and packaged at Dale Rogers, a vocational training center for individuals with disabilities.

Choose from sets like Garlic Gusher, Toasted Onion, Oklahoma Heat and Prairie Blend. Each spice kit is $21.95 and contains a recipe card for Chuck Wagon Chicken and Country Beef and Noodles, along with a special message from one of the Dale Rogers individuals who packaged the products.

“Dale Rogers is one of the oldest and largest nonprofits in Oklahoma,” said Gayle Curry, graphics and public relations coordinator at DR.

“By selling Prairie Spices, we are able to help support our organization and people with disabilities by offering our own products. It is very good and in an adorable package,” Curry said.

For more information, visit drtc.org/commerce or call 813-9998.

chow chat
Jason Odom, 33, is the new chef at Lumpy’s Sports Bar & Grill at 12325 N. May. His goal is not to change the menu, but rather change the method and kick it up a notch.

Vacation destination: “Disneyland in California with my kids.”

Best advice: “No matter what you are doing, take it further than anyone else would.”

What you look for in employees:

“Someone who has drive, passion and a hunger to hold the line.”

Ideal date: “A walk in the park.” Nickname: “Severe expletive; not appropriate in the paper.”

Can’t go to sleep unless: “I see daylight; I’ve been working nights for so many years.”

Would not part with your:

“Jägermeister hat.”

Died and came back as: “Myself.” Signature dish: “Rack of lamb.” Home town: “Longview, Texas.” Best feature: “My drive.” Look-a-like: “Uncle Fester from ‘The Addams Family.’” Where would you take a tourist in OKC?: “The Alfred P. Murrah Building site — a part of Oklahoma City’s history.”

Special talents: “I play guitar and work on cars.”

True story: “Someone put flour in our pickle bucket, and now whatever goes in there, even gravy, always tastes like pickles.”

—Carol Smaglinski

 
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