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Ludivine opens in new space; adds lunch service

Ludivine has reopened in its stunning new home at 320 NW 10 Street.

Chef Russ Johnson announced the move next-door to Ludivine’s sister restaurant R&J Supper Club. The new home to Johnson’s rotating menu inspired by local bounty has a pair of dining rooms, an expanded kitchen-side bar and an additional full-service cocktail bar. And did I mention the covered patio out front?

Dark wood floors contrast with white walls, and a green banquette that works its way around the main dining room, which encompasses the open kitchen and its dining counter. A second dining room converts easily into private dining, and the new bar offers three different seating options and patio service. The new venue quietly opened last week with slightly more ballyhoo for the weekend.

Perhaps the biggest overall change is lunch service.

Dropped by for lunch on Monday to check out the new offerings. We started with Assiete Maison, a lovely collection of charcuterie that included house-made country pate and house-cured salmon plus curated cheeses, toast points, local mustard, and house pickles that included green beans, cucumbers and shallots.

We nibbled on the board throughout lunch that also included potato-leek soup, pan-roasted Ora Salmon, Tarte Flambee (baked Alsatian flat bread topped with fromage blanc, onion and house-smoked bacon) and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pot de Crème with French-press coffee for dessert.

The new home is open daily and has a bar menu available all the time, plus late-night dining options at the bar, which has its own entrance.

Ludivine splashed onto the local dining scene in October of 2010 promising a daily menu based on whatever local bounty is available and using ingredients sourced exclusively from Oklahoma ranchers and producers.

I’ll have much more on the move and what it means to Midtown soon, but for now drop by and check out the new digs.

Cinco-pation

Cinco de Mayo falls on Sunday, meaning this year’s iteration of the holiday that’s done for cerveza and margaritas what St. Valentine’s did for greeting cards will be well-celebrated across town.

Downtown in particular will have a number of options.

Cultivar Mexican Kitchen, 714 N Broadway Ave., will begin the fiesta on Saturday for a two-day Cinco De Mayo celebration. A DJ will spin Saturday evening and live music is planned for Sunday evening.

Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 NW 9 St., will start the party at 11 a.m. Sunday with music, and an obstacle course for the kids,

Revolucion, 916 NW 6 St., will host it annual Baja Bash, meaning beach attire for an outdoor fiesta with DJs spinning from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The party goes until 10 p.m.

This is by no means the extent of local Cinco celebrations, which will no doubt be held in the majority of the city’s Mexican restaurants.

Quick bites

If you read The Food Dude Blog on NewsOK.com, you know about a young chef named Hayden Brink, a Bethany Elementary School fifth-grader who was one of five finalists in Sodexho’s 2019 Future Chefs Competition. Hayden came up just a little short of the grand prize, but he did start from a group of 2,700 students from 256 school districts to make the top five. Despite a ton of local support, Hayden won’t make that appearance on “Chopped!” but with school out soon, I’m betting Hayden finds plenty of culinary adventures this summer. ….

Angry Scotsman Brewing Company, 704 W Reno Ave., had its grand opening April 27. Owners Ross and Stephanie Harper opened the doors to their 1,800-square-foot building erected in the 1930s that includes a taproom plus an enormous patio. The bar features 24 taps for Angry Scotsman favorites like Rusty Kiltpin Scottish-Style Export Ale and Night Terror Black India Pale Ale. The new place also offers wine and soda for those who don’t love suds. The taproom represents Ross Harper’s Scottish heritage plus modern amenities like USB outlets at the bar, a food truck station and LED lighting. The venue is open daily from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, go online to angryscotbrew.com. ...

Norman’s Coriander Café announced its closing on Monday, which is real shame for those who frequent Campus Corner. Chef Jeremiah Caldwell installed a terrific menu of Vietnamese food after opened in 2010. …

And finally but most importantly, if you see my lovely bride Lori today (good chance you're eating at Vito's Ristorante) wish her happy birthday. She's, um, the same age as me today. If you don't know how old I am, it's younger than you think. You do the math.

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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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