OKC foodie news to know: From restaurant openings, closings and new meal deals

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Food and dining is an ever-changing industry, and it includes much more than just restaurants. Food and dining extend beyond the places we eat, to the products we buy, and more.

From openings and closings to product recalls, milestones and events, these are some of the latest things happening in Oklahoma City and beyond.

Just like this menu from the OKC Eggrolls pop-up in Sedalia, Sedalia's standard menu features hand-drawn doodles by Vickie Vo and casual touches, features that caught the attention of The New York Times.

Just like this menu from the OKC Eggrolls pop-up in Sedalia, Sedalia’s standard menu features hand-drawn doodles by Vickie Vo and casual touches, features that caught the attention of The New York Times.

Sedalia’s menu design received an endorsement from The New York Times

The New York Times recently looked at menus from around the country We discussed trends in food, aesthetic design and more. Oklahoma City Sedalia Oysters and Seafood2727 NW 10 Street, caught writers’ attention because of its informality.

Sedalia’s menu changes weekly, so it’s handwritten and decorated with doodles carefully designed by server Vickie Vo. Owner Silvana Arandia Walters describes the menu as “messy, inviting and very casual,” saying it is “all of us at Sedalia” and “part of who we are.”

Guests can receive a free butter croissant in the app on National Croissant Day at La Madeleine.

Guests can receive a free butter croissant in the app on National Croissant Day at La Madeleine.

La Madeleine celebrates National Croissant Day

Bakery chain No, Madeleine, 1954 24 Ave NW in Norman, celebrates National Croissant Day on January 30, with a free croissant special. Scan the app in store or place an order via the app or online to receive a free butter croissant with any purchase.

Chocolate Croissants, Almond Croissants, and Chocolate Almond Croissants are also available starting at $3.99.

Bubba’s Local 33 Association is donating proceeds to charity on February 5

Bubba 336212 SW 3 Street, will host a fundraiser to support the Tinnitus Association of America in honor of the company’s late founder, Kent Taylor.

The restaurant will donate 100% of all profits on February 5 to the organization.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Ninja Sushi

All five of Nhinja Sushi’s metro locations will celebrate the Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Dragon by hosting dragon dances from February 10-11.

Nhinja Sushi Western, located at 12301 S Western Ave., will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. on February 10. On February 11, the remaining four locations will host their dances.

  • Ninja Sushi Edmond, 5 West 15th Street, 11 a.m

  • Ninja Sushi Mayo, 13905 N May Ave. at noon.

  • Ninja Sushi Rockwell, 12021 N Rockwell Ave., 3:30 p.m.

  • Ninja Sushi Yukon, 335 S Mustang Road, 5 p.m

Chicken Salad Chick announces its intention to return to Oklahoma City

Chicken Salad Chick, which previously had multiple franchise locations throughout Oklahoma that closed without warning in early 2023, recently announced plans to return to the Oklahoma City market, but no specific date has been set.

The franchisor, which plans to operate 11 stores in the Austin, Texas, area, also signed a deal for six stores in the Oklahoma City metro area. The announcement comes after locations in Broken Arrow and Tulsa are reopened by a different franchisee at the end of 2023.

Nothing like this is ready to welcome a famous Chicago chef as a guest

Oklahoma City Taste Restaurant Unmatched, 803 N Hudson Ave., announced its first guest chef experience of the year, scheduled for February 28 and 29. Over the two days, the restaurant will be joined by Chef Christian Hunter from Atelier in Chicago. Hunter is a 2023 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef: Northeast Finalist, winner of the 2023 Michelin Guide Chicago Young Chef Award and Head Chef of Atelier, which boasts one Michelin star and a 2024 James Beard semifinalist nomination for Best New Restaurant.

Dinner service reservations are available now by visiting https://exploretock.com/none such.

A view from the second floor bar at 1884 Bar in Edmond's Railyard.

A view from the second floor bar at 1884 Bar in Edmond’s Railyard.

More closures across the city

Unfortunately, despite the announcement of final plans for the return of Chicken Salad Chick and big things happening for other restaurants, we’ve also seen some additional closures around the city.

in norman, 405 burger bar, 2539 W Main Street has announced its last day will be January 31.

Additionally, after more than 40 years in business, the owners… Benny Hill1150 W Lindsey Street, closed its doors Jan. 19.

Oklahoma City saw a shutout Peg The 4709 N Western Ave. location, while locations downtown and in Midwest City remain in the works. The owners cited increased costs as the reason for their closure.

friends 1884 in Railyard Edmond FC announced in early January that they had decided not to renew the lease for 2024.

Support local restaurants and get a chance to win Thunder tickets

A local nonprofit has partnered with the Oklahoma City Thunder to encourage support of area restaurants during Black History Month through an event called Black Restaurant Bingo. Specially designed bingo cards denoting specific participating establishments are available at https://okcblackeats.com/restaurantbingo/.

Starting February 1, visit the restaurants, fill out your card, and if you’re one of the first 1,000 participants to complete bingo, you have a chance to score two free play-at-home tickets to an OKC Thunder game. Plus, there are more prizes to be won until the end of the campaign on February 29th.

Haleon is recalling eight batches of Robitussin cough syrup sold nationwide due to microbial contamination.

Haleon is recalling eight batches of Robitussin cough syrup sold nationwide due to microbial contamination.

He remembers cough syrup, granola bars, and more

The disease-related recall guidelines recently posted on the FDA website include those affecting major brands of cough syrups, granola bars, snacks, and even Cotija cheese.

According to the Food and Drug AdministrationRizo Lopez Foods, Inc. has been recalled. From Modesto, California, 344 cases of aged Mexican shredded Cotija cheese were distributed nationwide due to the risk of listeria contamination.

In another reminder, Quaker Oats has recalled a large number of products including cereals and snacks due to possible salmonella contamination.

Halion Company, maker of Robitussin cough syrup, Eight batches of Robitussin Honey CF Max Day Adult and Robitussin Honey CF Max Nighttime Adult Cough Syrup have been voluntarily recalled. With an expiration date of 2026 due to microbial contamination. Use of the products by immunocompromised individuals “could result in severe or life-threatening adverse events such as fungemia or disseminated fungal infection,” according to the recall.

For more information about current recalls, visit the FDA’s recall website at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts.

This article originally appeared in The Oklahoman: OKC Restaurant News: Closings, Thunder Events, National Croissant Day

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