Phil Schultz, owner of the Blue Pig BBQ at 2610 W. Broadway St., is using rub and barbecue sauce recipes he developed years ago when he was cooking for pleasure while living in the Tulsa area.

 


Phil Schultz, owner of the Blue Pig BBQ at 2610 W. Broadway St., is using rub and barbecue sauce recipes he developed years ago when he was cooking for pleasure while living in the Tulsa area.


“The brisket dry rub is my recipe,” he said. “We sprinkle it on, hand rub it in and then let it marinate.”


The restaurant opened in the building that formerly housed Polo’s of Ardmore. Schultz also has Blue Pig BBQ restaurants in Sulphur and at the Ardmore Air Park.


“I feel a great excitement about Ardmore,” he said. “We’ve had tremendous support from the community.”


Schultz moved some interior walls, painted the inside of the building and installed three smokers prior to opening on Jan. 6. The restaurant has seating for 250, including a Pig Pen banquet room that seats 80.


The menu includes a variety of hickory smoked meats, side orders and desserts. Schultz also caters parties and events and has plans to offer an in-town delivery service. The hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Blue Pig BBQ is closed on Monday.


Parson’s Cafe has moved from North Washington Street to a new location at 309 E. Main St. Manager Brenda Davis said Parson’s features a catfish/seafood buffet from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights that is the only one of its kind in town. Regular hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.


Several other restaurants in the area are in the planning stages or under construction. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill is under construction at Winstar and is scheduled to open in mid-February. The 12,000-square-foot restaurant will seat approximately 400 people and include a gift shop, a stage and small dance floor as well as an upstairs seating area. Casino spokesperson Kym Koch said the decor will include half of a pickup truck that was featured in a Toby Keith movie as well as a variety of memorabilia featuring the Oklahoma performer.


Developer Burk Collins said CiCi’s Pizza and the Rib Crib BBQ & Grill will open later this year in Ardmore Commons. Two clothing stores, Ross and the Children’s Place are also coming to the shopping center. Big Lots will open a store in Mountain View Mall, and Famous Labels will be moving into the mall space formerly occupied by Stage. Collins said Jay’s Hallmark will be moving to a new space in the mall that has an outside entrance. Major renovations to the mall are scheduled to begin this summer.


Steve Biehn, 221-6546