The Norman Transcript


May 19, 2013

Scratch mixes it up downtown



Scratch will bring urban flair to its historic setting with custom cocktails and a made-from-scratch menu — yep, that’s where they got the name.

“The goal is to do craft cocktails in Norman,” said Koplowitz. “We’ll squeeze all the juices in house and make the syrups here.”

The fresh, original cocktails and bitters will be unique to Oklahoma and will enhance the regional draw of downtown Norman.

“The cocktail culture has been evolving over the last 10 years,” Koplowitz said. “We’re excited to share our vision of it here at Scratch.”

Sexton experienced his first craft cocktail in Chicago — ground zero for the cocktail movement.

“It’s not just a cocktail, it’s the way the bartenders interact with you, the way they make the cocktail,” Sexton said.

Scratch will bring that culture to Norman.

Nuss is responsible for bringing a similar innovative approach to the restaurant’s food.

“Everything is going to be made from scratch,” Nuss said. “Nothing is going to be frozen except the French fries.”

The menu will have a combination of American, Italian and French cuisine.

Nuss said the Italians use simple techniques and the freshest, highest quality ingredients to create magnificent dishes. The French are more technical and lengthy but the food also is wonderful.

“American is a chance to create whatever I want,” he said.

“He does amazing things with tomatoes,” Sexton said.

Koplowitz described the menu as “unique but approachable.”

Scratch will feature specials as ingredients become available seasonally.

“That will be where you really see the best we have to offer,” Sexton said.

Featuring off-menu items will allow Scratch to present evolving choices in addition to menu standards. Not a burger place, Scratch will, of course, have a burger made with meat ground in-house.

Nuss promises an anything but ordinary sweet potato gnocchi that is vegan and gluten free

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