Food Briefs: Pancakes & Booze, Twelve Oaks Restaurant and more 

Blueberry Shortstack at Beverly's Pancake House.  mh
  • Blueberry Shortstack at Beverly's Pancake House. mh

Booze and pancakes

A winning combination returns to Oklahoma City 8 p.m.-2 a.m. March 18 as Pancakes & Booze Art Show takes over OKC Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave.

Billed as the city’s largest underground art show, Pancakes & Booze features more than 70 local artists, live body painting and a free pancake bar.

Artists who would like to participate can submit work at pancakesandbooze.com/submit-your-artwork. Artists must show 3-10 pieces, and each piece costs $15 to show. Pancakes & Booze receives no commission from art sold.

In addition to art and pancakes, the show features live music and live art and is for guests 21 and older.

click to enlarge Bathed in warm light from the setting sun, Lisa and Gregg Janes, owners of Twelve Oaks, pose in front of the stately 21 year old restaurant, in rural northeast Edmond, 1-27-16. - MARK HANOCK
  • Mark Hanock
  • Bathed in warm light from the setting sun, Lisa and Gregg Janes, owners of Twelve Oaks, pose in front of the stately 21 year old restaurant, in rural northeast Edmond, 1-27-16.

Timber

After 21 years in business, Twelve Oaks Restaurant will close.

Opened by Bill Horn in 1995, the fine dining restaurant, 6100 N. Midwest Blvd., is in a renovated a Victorian home that Horn moved to an area between Edmond and Guthrie. Specializing in steaks, seafood and wine, the eatery continued on after Horn’s death three years ago, with his daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Gregg Janes at the helm.

“Sad to say we have to do it,” Gregg Janes said. “We’ve been running it about three years, and we pretty much doubled sales in that amount of time. But about May or June, we started seeing weakness in the numbers.”

Though customers still loved the food and service, Gregg said frequency of visits became an issue only exacerbated by the downturn in the economy.

“Talking with other operators, we’re not in this boat by ourselves,” Janes said. “When you’re faced with putting money into a business and not getting much out of it, you have to draw a line.”

The venue’s final day is Feb. 15. The family encouraged anyone who purchased or received a gift certificate to redeem it before closing or contact them before April 15 at info@twelveoaksrestaurant.com.

The Janes hope to find a buyer for the restaurant, either under the current name and concept or who is interested in doing something new.

Gregg said he will continue at his full-time job outside the restaurant while Lisa will likely take a rest and enjoy spending time with her five grandchildren before possibly returning to nursing.

Top tip

Oklahomans are friendly with their wallets, at least according to point-of-sale company Lavu. A recent study of 2015 transaction data from restaurants that use the iPad-based system crowned the Sooner State the top tipper in the country.

Oklahoma was in the top 10 in restaurant (21.17 percent), bar (23.96 percent) and coffee shop (20.68 percent) tipping. Overall, the results said Oklahomans tip 23.17 percent, ahead of Maryland (21.96 percent) and New Hampshire (21.14 percent).

The worst average in the country according to Lavu? North Dakota.

And because it’s important to so many of you, yes, Oklahoma bested Texas tippers in every category.

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