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February 4, 2014

The Youngblood Grille is opening next week

ENID, Okla. — The Youngblood Grille opens next week in Hiland Tower, and owner/chef Mickey De La Cruz is promising Enid’s lunch crowd comfort food with a twist.

“We’re trying to go along the lines of a gastro-pub style menu,” said De La Cruz, who also owns Panevino in downtown Enid. “It’s comfort food done with a little bit of a twist. The food is very simple here, but it’s done a little differently.”

Appetizers range from Dynamite Shrimp, fried and tossed in Sriracha mayonnaise, to a Cajun dip, hot dip with andouille sausage and crawfish served with toasted pita.

Sandwiches offered include an open-faced meat loaf, ham and Swiss, and roasted turkey. A salmon and duroc burger also are on the menu. Classics include fish and chips, sirloin steak and pot roast.

The Youngblood Grille will open Monday for lunch, eventually expanding with a breakfast service, De La Cruz said. The restaurant will serve wine and beer in the future.

“It used to be Marilyn K’s,” he said. “A lot of people know it as that.”

But those who used to frequent Marilyn K’s might not recognize the restaurant now.

“Hiland did an extensive, extensive rehab on the building for us,” De La Cruz said. “There is nothing in here that was here before. They replaced everything, and in the kitchen, it’s the same thing.”

He said the plans for the restaurant began back in August 2013.

“Hiland Partners wanted a restaurant back here, and we felt like it was a good choice for us,” De La Cruz said.

He said the company also offered them the position as premiere caterer for the Hiland Tower Ballroom and Oak Room.

“They didn’t want us to be a cafeteria for the tower, but they wanted it to be tower-friendly,” De La Cruz said.

He said those working in either tower can call and have lunch delivered to their office. The restaurant also features a salad bar, which will feature a soup, salad and sometimes a hot item, to be sold at $5 a pound.

De La Cruz said another aspect of opening the restaurant was catering for the events at Hiland Tower.

He said he hopes to reclaim some events that were once hosted in the tower’s ballroom and Oak Room.

“The ballroom is now re-opened to public use,” De La Cruz said. “Now we can book weddings, parties or whatever.”

De La Cruz said he wanted to thank Continental Management’s Ken Arnold for the help he’s given getting The Youngblood Grille open.

“I also want to thank Hiland Partners and Continental Resources. They were very instrumental in putting us on the map here,” he said. “We look forward to a good working relationship with them.”

The Youngblood Grille, 302 N. Independence, will be open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those working in Hiland Tower or the Triangle building can have lunch delivered by calling 540-8903. To-go orders also are available by calling the restaurant.

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