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Carol Smaglinski March 2nd, 2011

When opening a new restaurant, choosing the right location for a new concept includes research, solid planning and a bit of intuition. And, oh, yes, there’s lots of legwork to make a correct decision. Try out these seven newbies.

Java Dave’s
1433 E. Danforth, Edmond
348-9933

This is the second Java Dave’s that Bruce and Mindy Baldwin have opened in Edmond. The first, 9 S. Broadway, has a cozy feel, and this new one is a small, stand-alone building that used to house Emerald City Coffee just in front of Aspen Athletic Club. Head to this newest Java Dave’s to pick up muffins, bagels, drip coffee, teas and smoothies — all easy breakfast stuff, says Mindy.
$$ Coffee, tea, breakfast food

Boom-a-rang Diner
1400 N. Mustang Road, Mustang
376-9811

Open already for several months, the Boom-a-rang Diner is one of many locations of this Oklahoma-based chain. Open daily, Boom-a-rang serves breakfast all day. Best sellers include burgers, chicken-fried steak and chili cheese hot dogs. And for dessert, try the fried pies, milk shakes and chocolate or coconut pie.
$$ American

Remi’s Pizza
1615 S. Mustang Road, Yukon
577-2000

You’ll remember Remi’s, which is named after the co-owner’s son, Remington, because it not only serves pizza and calzone, but smokes its own ribs and brisket on weekends. (But keep watching, that could turn into a permanent thing soon.) Now reopened, Remi’s started doing business just before Christmas and has seating for 24. Dine in, grab carryout or have it delivered (in a limited area).
$$ Pizza and more

China Olive
2305 W. Lindsey, Norman
364-8886

This is the second location for China Olive, with the original at 9008 S. Sooner Road. Guests are happy to sit and nibble on classic Chinese dishes, but China Olive also makes a special effort to offer food that is steamed without oil, no salt, no cornstarch and with sauce on the side. A dieter’s delight!
$$ Chinese

All American Pizza
206 N. Mustang Road, Mustang
376-1700

Open already and going strong, the best-sellers at All American Pizza are the large or single-topping pizzas. Look for other pizzas named “The Works” or “The Veggie,” and of course this spot has men’s favorite, “The All Meat Pizza.” For something different, try the Alfredo chicken or the Hawaiian. All American Pizza does pick-up only with no inside seating.
$$ Pizza

Jr.’s Pancake House
636 N. Broadway, Moore
237-3693

Pancakes are on the menu for sure, but it’s the fluffy omelets that the new customers like. Just opened for a few weeks, the difference is in the way owner Junior Sernas blends his eggs before he makes an omelet. Both breakfast and lunch are being served. “You name it, we’ve got it,” said Sernas, who visited Oklahoma and liked it so much he came back and opened up this restaurant.
$$ Breakfast and lunch

Boom-a-rang Diner
3929 N. College, Bethany
495-9100

Nope, you’re not seeing double. Boom-a-rang Diner has opened yet another restaurant in the metro. This one in Bethany just started welcoming customers a few weeks ago. Check out this spot on Friday, when Boom-a-rang’s all-you-can-eat fried catfish reigns as king. The cube steak for the chicken-fried steak is hand-pounded and hand-battered on site, just like Mom’s. What a deal.
$$ American

—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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