Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma April 2018 - Page 29

LOCAL EATS OK-YAKI opens at The Patriarch C hef Jonathon Stranger likes to say that his goal in everything they do is to create a positive moment in someone else’s day. That’s the philosophy he extends to patrons in opening a permanent kitchen at The Patriarch Craft Beer House & Lawn in Edmond. Stranger opened OK-YAKI Thursday, March 15 on the back patio at The Patriarch, serving foods described as gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian, pale and vegan. And, it’s all complemented by a beer. The new restaurant, located on the back lawn of the brewhouse, features a fun menu that takes the technical Japanese grilling technique called yakitori and pairs it with the casual, neighborhood outpost in a most fitting manner, according to the company founders. Yakitori means grilled chicken in Japanese, but it’s also come to mean just a variety of grilled meats and vegetables. Yakitori must be cooked on a special, imported grill and relies on “tare,” a special sauce that enhances the flavor of the pieces and OK-YAKI’s tare has been barrel-aged for six months prior to opening. The team has brought in a custom yakitori grill from Japan which was installed at OK-YAKI. The food can be thought of as grilled skewers of chicken, wagyu beef, pork, seafood and vegetables sold by the piece, tasty sliders on King’s Hawaiian buns and various complementing side options. The restaurant operates under the same hours as The Patriarch, but will be closed on Mondays for the first few weeks. So the schedule will be: closed on Sundays and Mondays; 3 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Wednesdays; 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays; and, noon to 1 a.m. Saturdays. Stranger has also recently purchased the Guthrie-based Prairie Wolf Spirits and will soon relaunch the brand and market the acquisition on a national scale. A new restaurant is open on the patio at The Patriarch Craft Beer House, serving yakitori-cooked items. PHOTO PROVIDED April 2018 | The Business Times 29