A new art museum patisserie and cafe, a dive-y beer bar with a late-night grill, and a New Mexico-style restaurant make this season’s new arrivals.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosted an opening last weekend for the new Ganache Patisserie location in the museum cafe gift shop. The joint operation features the new, expanded location of the gift shop with a food counter and bar with Ganache’s signature pastries and sweets, as well as sandwiches, salads, soups and cocktails. The cafe will also carry Ganache’s custom coffee blend from Eote Coffee.
Chefs Matt and Laura Rugi, Ganache owners, said they’d be delivering fresh pastries to the museum each day, Tuesday through Sunday, and the cafe will be open for regular lunch hours. The partnership finally brings Ganache’s stellar products downtown, making it more convenient for new customers who seldom make the trek to W. Memorial Road.
Riley Marshall’s new honky-tonk-style bar in the Ironworks District is now open. Yes, you’ll be able to get the Bar Arbolada burger in two places now. The expanded menu includes the now-famous burger, as well a new veggie burger, chicken sandwich, tater tots, chicken tenders, patty melt and other bar bites. Marshall describes Flycatcher as a dive-y beer bar, but he’ll also have a good selection of cocktails, whiskeys and one-and-ones, like gin and tonic. Guests will also find a pool table, pinball and darts, as well as a beautiful horseshoe bar. The kitchen will cater to late-night diners on weekends with a grill open until midnight.
Chef Jonathon Stranger’s new New Mexico-style concept is now open in the Britton District. The bar and cantina boasts beautiful interior design, including an arched hallway that will make you pine away for OG Ludivine, and a stunning courtyard for al fresco dining and drinking. The bar menu includes favorites like margaritas and spicy classics, but the frozen, spiked horchata might be the best thing in the building. The food is straightforwardly New Mexico, leaning heavily on chiles, salsas and corn. The hominy is a welcome addition to OKC’s dining scene, as are the spicier items like a duck confit taco with a very spicy Oaxacan salsa made with dried cherries.
Chef Andrew Black’s new bistro-patisserie is open in the First National Center on the northwest corner of the building. The menu includes a pastry case full of sweets, delicious sandwiches (get the egg salad!), salads, oysters and caviar. Champagne is the beverage of choice, and already we’re seeing groups of friends lounging in the emerald booth with fresh oysters and bubbles. The interior is stunning but inviting and comfortable, and the tickets to high tea sell fast.
The Quail Springs-area location of Bricktown’s Rendezvous Pizza is now open. The Detroit pizza concept offers outstanding pies, both Detroit and NYC style, as well as wings, burgers and an excellent meatball sandwich. The bar has an extensive beer list, with locals and mass-produced brews, as well as a selection of craft cocktails.