“It’s been very busy,” he said of the new concept’s first week in business. 

click to enlarge Katiebug's in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Katiebug's in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Park it

Grab a patch of fake grass and pick up a horseshoe — Katiebug’s Shaved Ice and Hot Chocolate parked its second mobile shop at the new Katiebug’s Trailer Park, 399 NW 10th St.

Katherine “Katie” Morgan, who started the business with her mother Melissa Morgan, said demand for their sweets has only grown. But following a food truck around can be tough for customers, so they found a spot to stay in for at least a year.

“The other trailer will still go to big events, like Heard on Hurd, the Myriad Gardens and On the Lawn,” she said.

While Oklahoma City has seen plenty of patios open, Morgan said they’re not particularly family-oriented. So the trailer park has vintage lawn games and AstroTurf to give customers a place to lounge, play and eat.

Morgan said there’s more fun on the way and Katiebug’s will host walk-up movies and possibly morning exercise classes.

She plans for the trailer park to be open Wednesday through Sunday.


Custard Bash

Rusty’s Custard Factory, 1000 E. Alameda Ave., in Norman celebrates 15 years of business Saturday with an anniversary party for the community.

Owner Rusty Rasmussen said there’s no way to make it a decade and a half without customers, so the factory will serve up free birthday cake concretes while supplies last and specials on other ice cream dishes. There will also be a drawing for free custard for a year.

The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. daily and Tinker Flying High Band performs 2-4 p.m. during the party.

Icy weather

Burger and shake fans rejoice! Spring returned early and the Ice House cometh back to life after a long winter hibernation. Chef Cally Johnson of Park House said the burger stand, 101 Ron Norick Blvd., is now open for the 2015 season.

Serving up a version of the beloved burger available across town at Nic’s Grill, Ice House is known for excellent food. It’s open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends.

Unlike Nic’s, Ice House has a little more leeway in what it serves, including shakes, malts, beer and even dog treats. As always, water for the dogs is free.

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Cultivar opens

After months of waiting, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen, 714 N. Broadway Ave., opened just in time, said president and managing partner Gary Goldman.

“It’s been very busy,” he said of the new concept’s first week in business.

A heady mix of St. Patrick’s Day, NCAA tournament games and just being a new destination has the staff swamped.

Goldman built the “farm-to-fire” concept in Automobile Alley with chef Dean James Max focusing on craft tacos and “Not Tacos,” including burritos, bowls, quesadillas and salads made from fresh, local ingredients.

The bright space has drawn inquiries since the fall, when the sign went up on the building. Now open, the restaurant includes indoor and outdoor seating with plans for a rooftop bar opening later this year.

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