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CHOCTAW – This morning Old Germany announced it was closing its doors for good via a post on its Facebook page.

The announcement comes about 51 weeks after owner Mike Turek made a similar announcement. Last year, angel investors came to the rescue of the 42-year-old restaurant, offering a glimmer of hope Choctaw would remain Oklahoma's top destination for Oktoberfest.

Alas, according to Turek's post the problems that led to the restaurant's demise couldn't be turned around.  Closing after 43 years, it takes with it Turek's Tavern. Here's what I wrote about the iconic restaurant last year.

Sincere condolences to the Turek family, but a massive thank you for four-plus decades entertaining, accommodating and educating this sleepy prairie village with and about German culture and cuisine.

Lunch comes to The Pritchard

I took a breath from chasing rumors about all the new concepts coming to town and all the historic places saying goodbye to check out the new lunch service at The Pritchard with Curbside Chronicle editor Nathan Poppe last week.

Chef Shelby Sieg started serving breakfast and lunch last month at The Pritchard, 1749 NW 16 St.. Her talent as a pastry chef is unparalleled in the 405, but her skills with a knife and saute pan are quickly catching up.

The charcuterie has never been in question thanks to the pheasant pate, which I sneaked a little of before a bowl of lobster bisque arrived. In summation: silky, rich and begging for a straw.

Poppe helped me work through lunch, and the Sapphire salad put before him was, in the parlance of a bygone generation, cash-money. Perfectly dressed and tossed with color and care, I foresee summer lunches where it’s the starting place while the bisque awaits fall.

As is always the case, when mussels are on the menu, my eye goes straight to them and my mouth instinctively barks, “I’ll have the mussels — extra bread, please.”

Shelby’s iteration did not disappoint. The four slices of toast were almost enough to get every drop of broth off the surface of the bowl, next time I’ll ask for a rubber spatula and a half a loaf of bread.

As much as I loved the mussels, Nathan’s Bistro Burger was a show-stopper. I would tell you how good it was, but by the time I was out of toast for sopping, Nathan was wondering if a body could safely consume two of the burgers topped with a thick, melted slice of aged white cheddar and house-made pickles.

The only discernible problem with The Pritchard, which Shelby and owner Aimee Ahpeatone have done a great job of evolving into a casual, elegant neighborhood café and bar, is that Shelby is so good at making dessert one must account for it when considering even lunch options.

If ever there were a reason to make doughnuts required for consumption by civic ordinance, those served for dessert at The Pritchard would be to blame. But Shelby is far from a one-trick pastry chef. Nathan’s Dark Chocolate Pot de crème with passionfruit curd and candied cocoa Nibs should be served with a fan for those who take easily to light-headedness.

The Pritchard is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to midnight Friday; Saturday and Sunday brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

See the whole menu and make reservations online or call 601-4067.

Nibbles and noshes

Longtime local operators Michel and Alain Buthion have opened Buthion Fine Food Wine Shop, 7402 N May Ave. The property also is home to La Baguette Bistro. The brothers, who came to Oklahoma from Grenoble, France, in the late 1970s, purchased the property several years ago. The expansion also moves the boucherie, a nod to the Buthion’s father, back into its rightful home. The new wine shop specializes in French wines. Michel was quick to point out they also sell domestic wines and a unique selection of knives for wine bottles. Check it out. ...

Stitch Café, 835 W Sheridan officially opened earlier this week. The new café from Chad Grubbs and Jen Semmler Grubbs serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the growing Film Row district. Will have an update on this blog ASAP…

Keep an eye on my social media pages for early looks at Stitch and Hal Smith Restaurant Group’s newest concept, El Huevo Mexi-Diner. The casual breakfast concept with a southwestern bent opens in Norman later this month. I'm due for a sneak peek on Friday. Watch for images from Provision Concepts two newest concepts online, too. The group opened both Birra Birra Craft Pizzeria, Bibi’s Craft Ice Cream in the Chisholm Creek development this week. They neighbor Chalk Luxury Sports Bar.

After opening to huge crowds, Slapfish has temporarily shut down. A rocky first week culminated in management posting a sign on the door that reads, in part: Since opening, we have received an overwhelming response, but unfortunately our delivery of service has been subpar. The experience customers had in the first week … was not indicative of the Slapfish brand. It is because of this we have decided to do reset to rehire staff and retrain our staff.” Stay tuned for the relaunch. …

Where’s the beef? Coming to the menu of The Drake. Details coming soon.

Finally, here’s rumor as juicy as bacon fresh out of the skillet. Word is the longtime home of the Deep Fork Grill will be razed to make way for the progenitor of the ongoing national breakfast renaissance, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. The Denver concept was launched in 2006 by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel. It's popularity made posting pictures of eggs on Instagram so fashionable folks now happily stand in line for brunch coast-to-coast.

In recent years, Snooze expanded across Colorado and into California, Arizona and Texas. Check back often for updates on this developing story.

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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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