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  • Local restaurant owner thrives in family-style environment

    Local restaurant owner thrives in family-style environment

    There are hundreds of local businesses in Norman, OK and, for one business owner, it’s been his goal to stand out from the rest. Sergio Garcia was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He studied accountancy at Escuela Bancaria y Comercial. What does he do now? He cooks. “Ever since I was little, I

  • Lebanese Sisters Bring Middle Eastern Flavor to Norman

    An aroma of meats cooking and Middle Eastern pastries baking filled the air in the small takeout restaurant wedged between Sonic and 7-Eleven. Sisters Mediterranean Taste, located on the intersection of Chautauqua Avenue and Imhoff Road, is owned by sisters who are Lebanese immigrants. “When first moving to the United States, I was talking to

  • Iranian Immigrant Finds His Passion with Italian Buffet

    Iranian Immigrant Finds His Passion with Italian Buffet

    Born in Iran, Hassan Daneshmand came to America with his younger brother in May of 1977 at the prompting of his parents to avoid being drafted into the Iranian army. With Iran on the verge of war with Iraq, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to be with his two older brothers. “We didn’t know any

  • Chickasha landmark still smoking after decades of business

    Waffle fries, ribs and brisket. A secret sauce that no one knows the recipe to, and great hospitality. Roy’s Barbecue opened in Chickasha, OK 46 years ago, and the smoky fire has yet to subside. Roy Bryant was no stranger to good food when he opened the joint in 1971. As a young man, he

  • Taco About Passion

    Taco About Passion

    He left his stable corporate job for family time and passion. His love for cooking led to starting his own business with a food truck. In the beginning, there were hard times and only $1.86 in his account. Lalo Hernandez is now his own boss and still in business after opening four years ago.  His

  • OKC Couple Runs Restaurant Based on Kindness

    Business owner Mar Aye Attamakulsri cooks the number 35 at Thai Kitchen Cafe in Oklahoma City on Thursday March 30, 2017.  “Whatever customer walks in that door, that’s my customer. Even though homeless guy walk-in, its okay to me,” Thai Kitchen owner Mar Aye Attamakulsri said.   Mar said this shortly after cooking and giving a meal

  • Venezuelan Food Hits Oklahoma

    By: Lauren Linville Einar Perdomo left Venezuela in 2013 to escape the poor quality of life his homeland offered. He and his wife left everything in order to create a new life in Oklahoma. Perdomo first opened Amazonia Latin Flavors in Moore in 2015 to bring a taste of Venezuela to Oklahoma but later moved

  • Lindsey Street construction continues to plague local businesses

    Narveir Singn, a manager at India Village, says “It’s very very hard to make money. Businesses next door and around us have all closed down.” The City of Norman and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation describes the project as a revamping of the Highway 9 and Lindsey Street exits in the largest single contract in

  • Faculty-in-residence raise their children in dorms.

    After karate practice six-year-old Stella Siler returns to eat dinner with her dad at a University of Oklahoma residence hall, she calls home. Stella lives in Walker Center with her parents, Cameron and Jessi Siler, who are faculty-in-residence for OU. Cameron Siler is an Assistant Professor of Biology and an Assistant Curator of Herpetology while

  • International Students are Given Something to ‘Buzz About’

    The pungent smells of Indian curry and African rice wafted into the Bookmark Café as students huddled around foods most had never before seen. The University of Oklahoma’s Information Technology ‘Boomer Buzz’ hosted an event specifically for international students. Boomer Buzz is a student-lead program that serves as a way for students to connect with