Coronavirus: How to Support Food Service


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(From Dave Cathey at The Oklahoman) The world is on its ear thanks to the ongoing pandemic outbreak and the 405 diningscape faces an existential threat. The only chance we have to see our favorite restaurants still in operation on the other side of this catastrophe will be to get creative.

Understand, most of our local operators are currently split between trying to figure out how to retrofit their restaurant on the fly. Places that have always made a majority of their money sending food out a window are well-positioned.

 Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria, 1316 W Memorial Rd #102, will both offer free meals to those hardest affected by the threat on Thursday. Birra Birra has a $3000 prepaid tab, paid for by Orcutt Mechanical Contractors and Lingo Construction Services, to feed medical staff, first-responders and grocery store employees. Folks from those professions can call 607-0060 during operating hours on Thursday to make a free pick-up order. Read more on The Oklahoman.

This So-Called Flyover City Is Having a Serious Cultural and Culinary Renaissance


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(by Becki Iverson at Thrillest Travel) Since the 2016 election, much attention has been paid to the cluster of states in the middle of the US known condescendingly known as flyover country; it seems the more glamorous coastal sisters of the country forgot that so many people still lived in the middle. For years—nay, decades—a large portion of America’s identity has been clumped together in the unconsidered manner of the kitchen junk drawer: no rhyme or reason, no real pattern, just jumbled all together because it’s too much work to sort everything out. 

As a proud Minnesotan, I call BS. I’ve lived in this middle my whole life, and there’s a lot more to it than small-minded rural politics and country roads. My husband and I have a goal of visiting every state at least once. The best way to accomplish this on a limited budget and even more limited vacation time has been to take short weekend trips to wherever the price is right. That is exactly how I had the unexpected pleasure of falling in love with Oklahoma City last March. Between sips of hoppy beers on sunny 60-degree rooftops to sinfully flavorful eats to eye opening museums, we realized we were dead center in a city that’s completely defying your typical Oklahoma stereotype: A place overflowing with art and culture and at the bleeding edge of a full-blown culinary renaissance. 

Not part of the Midwest, often excluded from the Southwest region, and too far West to be part of the Southern belt, Oklahoma as a whole has been easy to overlook for too long. It’s the middle, defined. To the unknowing, it conjures dusty tumbleweeds, Pioneer Woman devotees, and Rodgers & Hammerstein pastiche. In reality, it’s a place where a robust, thriving population of Vietnamese immigrants has brought a welcomely delicious, affordable treasure trove of Southeast Asia to this slice of middle America. Where cowboy-classic steakhouses live in harmony with upscale innovators. Where art and film history converge on the shores of a river alive with boats and water taxis. From cutting edge dining to great beer and a cultural renaissance that embraces forgotten histories, here’s why you should give Oklahoma’s quickly re-developing capital a fair shake. 

Oklahoma City’s neighborhoods embrace the past while adapting for the present

From the infamously decayed facades studding Detroit to the quieter (but statistically higher) population desertion of former urban giants like St. Louis, much has been made of the decline of American industrial cities. But don’t assume the narrative of population atrophy and business communities slowly wasting away applies universally to all such cities. Oklahoma City is actively fighting back by shining a light on its unique history while redeveloping for the modern world. 

Take Automobile Alley, the oldest thoroughfare and one of the first to revitalize in Oklahoma City. This neighborhood began as a stretch of pioneer businesses but quickly transitioned into a bustling automotive industry hub shortly after Oklahoma became a state in 1908, even building automotive inspired designs into the brickwork on storefronts which are preserved today. The area is now a vital center of commerce with retail, art, exercise studios, restaurants, and a developmental blueprint that has been copied in other historic districts. 

The booze and bar scene is also top shelf

Oklahoma City’s singular approach to entertainment and neighborhoods is even more pronounced when it comes to bars and breweries. Take The Sanctuary Barsilica. This church-themed bar in Film Row takes irreverence to the highest level, serving communion shots and choir-robe karaoke with a straight face. Neighboring Flashback Retropub is a 1980s-themed bar with 60 vintage video games for drinkers to play. Water’s Edge Winery not only makes their own wine on-site but helps guests to create their own vintage with a custom label to fly home with them. Sidecar Bar is the stop for cocktail lovers; while the original is located in Automobile Alley, you can enjoy their wares in three other neighborhoods around the city. The enormous list of liquors means there is truly something for everyone, but pay special attention to the custom-casked section, starring a cask-strength Maker’s Mark barrel that Sidecar finished for nine additional weeks with specially fitted wood-finishing staves. Read more on Thrillest.

2020 City Center Fundraiser


Join us on Saturday March 7th at Provision Concepts for our 2nd Annual Fundraiser benefitting OK City Center.. Enjoy Brunch with Jabee from 10-2pm at Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria ft. a live DJ set!

Or dine with us all day long at any of Provision Concepts:
Jabeelikesfood ft DJ set: 10am-2pm at Birra
Hatch Early Mood Food: 6am-4pm
Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse: 11am-11pm
Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar: 11am-1am
Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria & BiBi’s Craft Ice Cream: 10am-11pm

If you cannot make it out to dine with us but would still like to make a donation to City Center, you can do so here!

New Businesses Come to Jenks


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(By Ron Terrell Fox23 News)

JENKS, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Several new businesses are coming to Jenks ahead of the incoming outlet mall slated to open in 2021.
  • A new Starbucks is under construction off of Elm, north of the nearby Reasor’s.
  • Maggie’s Music Box — a new venue from the owners of Tulsa’s now-closed Soul City — opens this spring.
  • Hatch (restaurant) and Sidecar (bar) will open in a new 27,000 square foot retail space at the Village on Main.
  • A Candlewood Suites location is under construction at Highway 75 and Main Street.

Read more on Fox23.

Here Are the Freshest New Businesses in Oklahoma City


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(By Hoodline) Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria is a spot to score pizza and more that’s located at 1316 W. Memorial Road

Operated by Provisional Concepts, which also owns spots like Broadway 10, Hatch and Sidecar, this brick-oven pizzeria offers pasta, sandwiches and craft pizzas. Look for the Lox of Love pie topped with lemon dill caper cream, pecorino, red onion, smoked salmon, chives and caviar. Read more on Hoodline.

Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria Brings Artisan Pizza and more to Oklahoma City


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(by Hoodline) Pizza fans, take heed: there’s a new spot in town to get your fix. Located at 1316 W. Memorial Road, the fresh arrival is called Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria.

On the menu, expect to see starters like crispy mozzarella curds, hand-rolled meatballs and mushroom ricotta croquettes with chili truffle honey. For dinner, indulge in fresh pastas such as chicken piccata or craft pizzas like the Yukon Gold with garlic sauce, Oklahoma ketchup, bacon and more. 

A brunch menu is on offer as well, along with a full bar complete with draft beer, wine and signature cocktails like the Strawberry 75 — a blend of Beefeater pink gin, Prosecco, lemon and simple syrup. (You can view the full menu here.) 

With a four star rating out of 19 reviews on Yelp so far, the new addition has already made a good impression.

Tracy N., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on April 8, wrote, “This is a great place to bring family or friends for a nice lunch or dinner. Not only was the food amazing, but so was the service! This two-story restaurant also features the longest ice bar in America, which is pretty awesome if you ask me!⁣⁣”

“Start with Grammy’s Risotto Balls,” shared Yelper Samantha E. “I don’t think I have ever liked risotto in my life, but these fried balls were a game-changer. … The Green Goddess pizza is aesthetically pleasing and equally as tasty.” 

Swing on by to take a peek for yourself: Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday. Read more on Hoodline.

8 Underappreciated American Cities You Need to Check Out This Year


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(By Thrillest Travel) The process of choosing just 19 places to visit in 2019 was long, arduous, fraught with infighting — nah, just kidding, we had a great time. But by necessity, a list so limited overlooks some truly remarkable corners of this big ‘ole world of ours. As we Sophie’s Choice’d one destination after another, we kept coming across cities in our own backyard that made surprisingly compelling cases for a visit.

Sure, they lack the daydreamy wanderlust of brand names like New Zealand and Morocco, but a handful of American cities have been quietly upping their games, making 2019 the year to visit. Think new entertainment districts and thriving old neighborhoods, renewed support for the arts and more beds for travelers. Yes, food scenes will flourish and breweries will boom, but it’s all the more impressive when a city manages to stick to its roots and dig its heels ever-deeper into whatever it does best — be it bourbon or cattle or fresh veggies or just general weirdness. So by all means, head to Uzbekistan if the spirit moves you. If not, here are eight American destinations proving you don’t have to stray far to find the next cool thing.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Modern neighborhoods tap into OKC’s former glory
Settled by robbers and outlaws in the late 1800s, it’s easy to think of Oklahoma as the Australia of America, but it’s time to stop calling it “flyover country.” Having weathered the largest homegrown terrorist attack in U.S. history, enormous economic fluctuation, and of course the infamous tornadoes that sweep through the state in the summertime, Oklahoma City carries chutzpah that is not to be underestimated.

The fast-developing neighborhoods smartly take advantage of their historical roots, like Film Row, which celebrates a direct connection to Hollywood’s golden age of Hollywood. In the Deep Deuce District, the city’s 1920s and ‘30s African American jazz district, new housing and attractions like a whiskey bar and gourmet hot dog eatery are reviving the area. Be sure to swing through Automobile Alley, formerly the center of a thriving automobile manufacturing industry and the district credited with jumpstarting Oklahoma City’s revitalization. The stylish Sidecar Bar features a menu of bar bites, with a wide range of craft cocktails, all at $11 or less. At Water’s Edge Winery, you can find traditional varietals like chardonnay and pinot grigio, or fruit wines made with peach, apple and berries. Read more on Thrillest.

New Retail, Restaurants & Apartments Planned for Cherry Street


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(Rhett Morgan at Tulsa World) Cherry Street, a longtime target of developer Duane Phillips, is in his crosshairs again.

Owner of Oak Properties LLC, Phillips has announced a $9 million project called 1515 Cherry Street and The Lofts at 1515, a 28,000-square-foot development that will include retail, restaurants and apartments.

It marks Phillips’ fourth development on Cherry Street, pushing his investment in the area to about $35 million. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, and the development could be completed by next fall.

“You don’t get to do a lot of projects that have just that ‘cool’ factor,” Phillips said by phone. “It’s just one of special buildings that when we get it out of the ground, it’s going to look pretty cool.”

Phillips started the project in April, purchasing three adjacent buildings on Cherry Street, just west of St. Louis Avenue. All of the buildings will be razed except the former La Madeleine restaurant, which will be renovated and become the new home of luxury jeweler Bruce G. Weber. The store is relocating from its longtime venue in Utica Square.

Bruce G. Weber will feature an expanded selection of Rolex products. Store 5a, an upscale, preowned jewelry concept by the owners of Weber, will occupy the first floor of a new four-story building along with CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling studio.

Oklahoma City-based Provision Concepts is making its first entry into the Tulsa market with Sidecar on the building’s rooftop. The four-season barley and wine bar will feature small plates, premium drinks and live music.

Roosevelt’s, the nearby gastro pub, plans to open Cherry Street’s first speakeasy in the new building’s basement. The project also will include 15 loft apartments with downtown views, balconies and designated parking. Loft sizes will range from 625 to 800 square feet.

“We are 100 percent pre-leased with our commercial space, which shows there’s still a lot of demand in this district for Class A structures,” Phillips said in a statement. “It was important for us to bring more character and diversity to the Cherry Street District.” Read more on Tulsa World.

Ground Breaking of Cherry Street Development


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TULSA — The groundbreaking of a new mixed-use development on Cherry Street in midtown Tulsa was announced Tuesday. The 28,000 square-foot development, 1515 Cherry Street, will include new retail, restaurants and loft apartments.

“We started this project back in April, when we purchased three adjacent buildings on Cherry Street, just west of St. Louis Avenue” said Duane Phillips, owner and developer of 1515 Cherry Street. “We are taking down all of the buildings, except the former La Madeleine restaurant, which will be fully renovated and will become the new home of Bruce G. Weber.” Weber will be relocating from its longtime site in Utica Square.

Sidecar, from Oklahoma City-based Provision Concepts, will be a barley and wine bar located on the building’s rooftop.

The owner’s of nearby Roosevelt’s plan to open a speakeasy in the building’s basement, officials said.

Read more on KJHR.

The Best Distilleries to Drink Local in All 50 States


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(from Noah Kaufman at Thrillest) There has been an explosion of small distilling operations over the last 10 to 15 years, with more than 1,300 now open across the country. That means that no matter where you are, you aren’t far from an excellent tipple. Here, our picks for where to drink local in every state in the union…

Oklahoma – Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar, Oklahoma City

Unfortunately, Oklahoma is the only state in the union to completely outlaw tastings at distilleries. However, Prairie Wolf Spirits, one of the tiny handful of Oklahoma distillers, puts out a gin worth tracking down. Sidecar, a local neighborhood bar in Oklahoma City uses it in an all Oklahoma G&T, which is also made with Strong Tonic, another OKC product. Read more on Thrillest.