The Edmond Sun

January 17, 2014

Steak & Catfish Barn open at new location

Owner is new; menu the same

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — If you are looking for Steak & Catfish Barn’s new location, just head to I-35 and travel south to the Hefner exit.

The building is different and is in a different location, but everything else is the same, right down to the rowboat over the door and the photos of Elvis on the inside walls. The restaurant will seat 150 to 160 people and even has a party room, which the previous restaurant did not. You will even find Dino Smalley and his wife Marie Vitale there, at least for the next month or so.

The couple recently sold their restaurant’s name, their recipes and their website to Bob Warner and his new bride, Margie, but Smalley and Vitale have agreed to stay on and help Warner with the move, the decorating of the new restaurant, helping set up the kitchen and mastering the recipes before they move on to Calabria, Italy, where they plan to retire, well, almost.

“The two things about the business that were appealing to me included the way the business had been run and the honesty of the previous owners,” Warner said.

Warner added a note to his customers in the construction and guttering businesses saying, “I am never going to retire. I am going to be here (at the restaurant) all the time, but I will still be over Peach Construction, which I have had for 30 years, and over the guttering business, which I have had for 12 years.

“When you do what you love it isn’t work, it relaxes you. There is a lot of enjoyment when you are doing something you love.”

Vitale said once they are settled in Italy they plan on selling catfish a few days a week, getting their family involved and then retiring again.

The menu of the relocated Steak & Catfish Barn still will include steaks, brisket, hamburgers, chicken and fish including fresh, fried catfish offered daily with two sides and hush puppies. Thin crust cheese and pepperoni pizza have been added to the menu. The same desserts — peach and apple cobblers, pecan pies, spumoni and vanilla ice cream — still will be offered.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and closed on Sunday.

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.