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November 15, 2011

Main Street New eateries spice up downtown

NORMAN — New restaurants opening on Main Street are turning downtown Norman into an eclectic food and entertainment destination.

The Garage opened in April just in time for the Norman Music Festival and is rapidly becoming known for producing great hamburgers. Located just a few doors down from The Pink Elephant and across the street from Full Moon Sushi, The Garage’s menu offerings includes buffalo burgers and beer brewed in Oklahoma.

Now, at least two more eateries are poised to open their doors in the near future.

Tres bills itself as a “Taqueria y Cantina” (taco stall and tavern) with a menu featuring the three Hispanic cuisines of Spain, New Mexico and South America.

Across Crawford Street to the west of Pink Elephant, Das Boot Camp will serve beer in boots and German food. That proposed reatuarant traces its heritage to Royal Bavaria located on Sooner Road in Moore.

The trio of new restaurants should make a nice package for patrons of all ages who want unique dining experiences in the historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown atmosphere, say owners and operators. And while the student population is always an important demographic for Norman, these restaurants provide food and entertainment for folks of all ages.

“We get a wide variety of people in here,” said Dustin Wall, General Manager of The Garage. “We’re not focused on college students or on middle-aged people. We get everything from 10-year-olds to 90-year-olds.”

In contrast to the more exotic offerings expected from Tres and Das Boot Camp, The Garage is pure Americana offering burgers made from beef, turkey, or buffalo. For the vegetarian, there’s the garden vegetable burger. So far, Wall says the best-seller has been the Spicy Sriaracha.

“I’m not a blue cheese guy, but I love the blue cheese on that burger,” Wall said.

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