The Edmond Sun

January 7, 2014

Steak & Catfish Barn is back; well, almost

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Steak & Catfish Barn’s opening has been moved to Monday, Jan. 13.

A well-known and well-loved restaurant was closed this summer after a 15-year run outside of Edmond. After losing their lease, the owners were ready to retire but wanted someone to buy the restaurant’s name, their recipes and their website.

After purchasing the Steak & Catfish Barn, formerly located on Waterloo Road and I-35, the new owner and former customer Bob Warner has moved the restaurant to a new location off Hefner Road and I-35.

But the move is about all that has changed. The decor is the same, the menu is the same and many of the wait people will be the same. Even the preparation of the food will be the same.

Warner has been working with former owners Dino Smalley and his wife, Maria Vitale, as they helped move the restaurant and its furnishings to its new location, decorate it, share their recipes and now they are training the cooks and wait people.

“Bob and I talked about it and even though we thought we could open Thursday and recently announced that we would be open, it is just not going to be possible,” Smalley said. “We want to be able to give our former customers the quality they are expecting, and we are just a few days behind where we need to be before opening in this new location.”

Warner agreed and said, “Dino and Maria know this business, and I am learning it. I trust their judgment and am following their lead on when they think we can open with the service and menu as good as it was in the other location.”

The restaurant’s new location is 10603 N. I-35. Take the Hefner exit and it is the second building on the west side of the road.