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Norman farm-to-fork restaurant to close Feb. 15 after nearly 3-year run

Melissa Scaramucci, co-owner of Local, announced the restaurant will close Feb. 15.
Melissa Scaramucci, co-owner of Local, announced the restaurant will close Feb. 15.

NORMAN-- Local, 2262 W Main St., will close its doors on Feb. 15, closing a chapter on an ambitious concept that leaves a strong legacy in serving excellent food and supporting local farmers and producers.

Melissa Scaramucci, who co-owns the farm-to-table concept with sisters Abby Clark and Melissa Steele, confirmed she informed staff of the plans on Sunday.

Melissa said she and her sisters meet each January and the first question they ask is "Do we continue to want to do this?"

This year, the answer was no.

"By the time we close, the restaurant will have been open two years and 11 months," Scaramucci said. "Plus two years of planning."

Scaramucci said she and her sisters all have young children and decided they needed to spend more time raising their families.

Ryan Parrott was the original executive chef for Local. Heather Steele is co-owner and catering manager.
Ryan Parrott was the original executive chef for Local. Heather Steele is co-owner and catering manager.

"We all loved being a part of the Norman business community," Scaramucci said. "We had so many strong mentors who taught us so many things."

Local opened in early 2012 with chef Ryan Parrott minding the stove and boasting the only restaurant in the state that offered childcare while you eat with Localville. Parrott left the following year and was replaced by his sous chef Kyle Mills. But Mills left last year, moving to Austin.

Local’s final service will be Sunday brunch, which Scaramucci said will be fitting.

"Sunday brunch was probably our most popular service, so it'll be good to go out on a high note," she said.

Scaramucci said the restaurant will honor all its catering commitments and might do occasional events in the future.

"We also really hope that we helped inspire other restaurateurs to support local farmers because it's something we're really passionate about," Scaramucci said. "I know it was really important to our diners, too."

The restaurant will maintain its hours of Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

So, don’t waste time, get a reservation and send Local off with the appreciation it earned.

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Dave Cathey

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