The Norman Transcript


June 9, 2008

Goldie's: Love at first bite


"They stopped in for a famous burger and plan to be back with us every year," Chris said.

Although the new restaurant on east Alameda is in a somewhat concealed location, one can't miss the flavorful aroma of charbroiled burgers that permeates the area. The burgers are cooked to order on an open flame grill. The restaurant itself has a distinct OU motif, and the big screen TVs are tuned to the Sooners on game days. A comfortable banquet room accommodates parties and large gatherings

"It's a Sooner hangout," Rhiannon said. "It's cool collecting OU memorabilia and we're always looking for new stuff."

After she waitressed at Goldie's for two years, Rhiannon attended OU and graduated in 2006 with a degree in advertising. She's a graphic designer and designed the menus and Goldie's T-shirts.

"We try to make things better all the time. We introduced new lunch specials about a month ago," she said.

Tyler managed Goldie's for seven years, then took three years off, working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

And even in those years, Tyler said he kept Goldie's a part of his life, volunteering to work a few shifts for the wage of a meal.

"I was thinking of making a T-shirt -- 'Will work for a burger and fries,'" he said.

Tyler graduated from OU in 2005 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Goldie's is a "made-in-Oklahoma franchise," Tyler said. The original Goldie's was opened in Tulsa in 1962 by Goldie and Melvin Crow and is still operated by the Crow family today.

"We're continuing the family-owned tradition," Tyler said. "It's how we got started and how I got through college -- how my mom got me through college.

"How special to own the place where Rhiannon and I met and where we grew close together. It means so much more now, and solidifies us in Norman."

Tom Blakey 366-3540

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