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Elmer's BBQ closes after nearly 40 years in Tulsa
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Elmer's BBQ closes after nearly 40 years in Tulsa

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The Badwich

The Badwich was a signature dish at Elmer’s BBQ.

Elmer’s BBQ, 4130 S. Peoria Ave., has closed, although owner Keith Jimerson promised the long-lived Brookside joint will be back in some form.

“We’re kind of re-organizing a little bit and rethinking a few things right now,” Jimerson said. “I plan to come back, but I will make sure that the next time we don’t have any hiccups that will affect our business like this Covid thing did.

“I just didn’t think I could go through another year like last year,” he said. “All the catering that we relied on just disappeared, and our sales at the restaurant dropped down to almost nothing. I hated to do it, but it was what I had to do.”

The building Elmer’s occupied has a “For Lease” sign out, and Jimerson said he wasn’t certain, when he was able to reopen, that it would be at that location.

“That’s a shame, because for the longest time, Elmer’s was the only Black-owned business on Brookside,” he said. “And it was a place that brought people together — it didn’t matter your race, your gender, your age, anything. Elmer’s was a place where people could feel at home. That was always my personal mission for that place.”

Jimerson said he is still doing catering and private events; those interested in his culinary services should call the old Elmer’s number, 918-742-6702.

Elmer’s was founded in 1982 by Elmer Thompson; Jimerson took over the restaurant following Thompson’s death.

A signature dish at the restaurant was the Badwich, a sandwich that featured a heaping pile of hickory-smoked meats with a pork rib on the side and two sides.

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Dixie’s Cafe, which has been a mainstay of downtown Coweta since it opened in 2013, will close May 28.

Owners Dixie Olsen and Amanda Mafemi will host a “Farewell Come-n-Go” event 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 29 to thank their customers for their support.

In a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Olsen said the reason for the closing was due to ongoing health issues with which she has been struggling.

“We can’t lie we are broken at this decision as Food, Faith, and Family are what we are called to do, to serve others, helping so many come together ‘Making Memories Around The Meal Table.’” Olsen wrote in the post. “We will miss the faces, the friendships, the children’s pictures hanging on our walls and catering your special events.”

The cafe will be open regular hours through May 28. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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