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New restaurant offers upscale dining in Panama Okla

The Kitchen located at 1202 N. Kentucky Panama, OK 74951
The Kitchen located at 1202 N. Kentucky Panama, OK 74951
Marc Hayot

When a new restaurant opens its doors, one of the most important things that is budgeted for is advertising. However one new restaurant in Oklahoma chose to forgo advertising and rely solely on word of mouth, and to everyone's surprise it's working.

When The Kitchen opened its doors on November 11th, 2013, there were no announcements or fanfare according to manager Linda Gibson. “We've done no advertising so far, we haven't had a grand opening or anything. Everyone you see is from people who drive by” Ms Gibson said. Despite the lack of advertisement, The Kitchen is steadily gaining a loyal following.

So what kind of food does The Kitchen serve? The best answer is a little bit of everything. By everything, this examiner means delicious comfort food like Chicken Fried Steak to more sophisticated items like Grilled Shrimp and Ribeye. According to the restaurant's manager The Kitchen has menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, however the dinner menu offers items that can primarily be found in upscale restaurants. So has this menu done well so far? “It's been pretty well, we've had a lot of compliments...those who do come out, they come out every night that we're open” the manager added.

Despite the steady flow of customers in the evening, the best night to come out is Friday night. The reason for that is the steak special. Did someone say steak special? Yes Virginia, The Kitchen does have a fantastic weekly special on steak. “Our steak special is a 10oz hand-cut Ribeye that we personally cut ourselves, two side items of choice...side salad, dessert, roll, and drink for $16.99” Ms Gibson said. A good steak can be hard to find, and a good-priced steak is a rarity. However one of the main missions of The Kitchen is to offer great meals at great prices. As far as this examiner can tell, the restaurant is living up to that mission.

The Kitchen is located at 1202 N. Kentucky Panama OK 74951. For information on hours of operation, and other questions please call 918-963-4424.

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