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Three new restaurants to open in next seven days: The Pritchard, Nic's Diner and Dekora!

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The Plaza District welcomed into business The Pritchard Wine Bar, 1749 NW 16 St., today in the space formerly occupied by Urban Wineworks.

Owners Aimee Ahpeatone, Steve Mason and Jolyn Bauer are featuring wines from small, family-owned wineries. The bottle list is 144 deep with 24 options by the glass, six wines on tap, cocktails, and beer.

Executive chef Shelby Sieg, formerly executive pastry chef for Belle Kitchen and The George Prime Steakhouse, will offer a menu dominated by small plates, including cheese and charcuterie boards, house-made pickles, and a pheasant pate. Sieg is working with local farmers to ensure fresh, seasonal options.

Sieg's dessert menu will be smaller, but you can be sure items like the olive oil cake will be spectacular based on her previous work. The new restaurant opened officially about half an hour ago.

Nic's at Night Nears

Nic's Diner and Lounge, 1116 N Robinson Ave., started preview dinners last night, and will continue through the weekend with plans to open this week. If all goes well, the new concept from Nic's Grill owner Justin Nicholas opens Tuesday. If not, Nic told me this morning he's confident the new place will be open by week's end.

Meanwhile, the original Nic's Grill, 1201 N Pennsylvania Ave., will be closed for the next couple of weeks in order to allow the new place to take root. Nic's Diner will serve the same mountainous burgers Nic's Grill has been known for plus pork chops, chicken-fried steak and more. Nic will serve breakfast on the weekends to start with an eye toward daily breakfast service to go along with lunch and dinner.

The big surprise is the lounge, which is centered around an enormous and ornate wooden bar in the basement.

I'm headed in for tonight's preview and hope to get some pictures and impressions to share next week.

Dekora! opens Friday

Anna and Drew Mains will unveil their new Bricktown concept, Dekora!, a week from today. The new restaurant is in the space where the Mainses operated In the Raw for four years.

“We finally feel like we have a clear vision of what we want In The Raw to become,” Anna Mains told me earlier this year. “We wanted to make sure we had the food, the service and our experience as owners at the necessary level to fully make the concept our own. The timing is perfect now, and it is great timing for Bricktown.”

“Dekora! will still have the creative sushi and other favorites that everyone has enjoyed at In The Raw,” Mains said. “We have really stepped up our kitchen game for Dekora!, though. Lots of bites inspired by Japanese street food and entrees utilizing more locally sourced items when possible. The bar will also be stepping up their game with fun cocktails, crazy garnishes, fresh juices and house-made ingredients. We want Dekora! to be a space with lots of energy, where we host a great party every night, but that is still perfect for families.”

 

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›

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