About 9:30, the Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer rang my doorbell, not because I’m in any way newsworthy, but because he’d scored an invitation to Hatch, a new breakfast/brunch outfit in the north end of the Buick Building downtown (10th and Broadway), and they allowed him a guest, and he thought I needed cheering up. (Which, to be perfectly honest, I did.) Hatch, a new place from Provision Concepts, opens officially on Monday, so this could have been considered beta testing of a sort. I think they’re ready to go live: my request for “the tallest possible orange juice” brought a large cylinder full of juice squeezed in the last couple of minutes, and the entree — chicken-fried steak with little unexploded hash-brown bombs and two eggs, scrambled, was just dandy. The service was enthusiastic without being annoying. If you’re going for breakfast downtown, consider this a recommendation.
We then spun around various districts in town where things were changing, and a few where they weren’t. I’m not the reporter guy here, but I think I held up my end of the conversation pretty well. And I pointed out some things not even the mighty Lackmeyer had seen before, including this:
There’s a current sign on the opposite corner, but this one has somehow survived from antiquity. (The cross street is Northwest 50th.) Like the Spanish Inquisition, no one expects this sort of thing.