Chicken in the Rough to get rougher

I reprint this Oklahoma Gazette item with a certain level of sadness:

[F]or those who heard rumors, it is true: the much-loved Beverly’s Pancake Corner, 2115 Northwest Expressway, is closing, and the area will be rebuilt, possibly as a clothing district.

Customers have the end of the year to eat at the location, but then Beverly’s will move and reopen at a new, as-yet-undisclosed location on Northwest Expressway.

Beverly and Rubye Osborne originally opened the Beverly’s concept as “Chicken in the Rough” decades ago.

For “decades ago” read “in 1921.” Here’s what I said in 2004:

Beverly Osborne’s first restaurant … was just north of the State Capitol on Lincoln Boulevard; eventually there were half a dozen across town, the last to be built being the Pancake Corner at Northwest Expressway west of Pennsylvania, which sports red floor tile almost identical to the tile on my bathroom floor. Time, attrition and urban renewal took their usual toll, and now the Pancake Corner is the only Beverly’s remaining. Still, it’s hard to imagine that it was much different in the Good Old Days than it is now: it’s a classic diner of the old school, everything happens right up front so you can see the level of chaos for yourself, and while prices are inevitably higher, the menu and the recipes are largely unchanged. I should be in such good shape when I’m eighty-three years old.

The current building dates to 1958. The furniture store next door, I assume, is equally doomed.


  1. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    5 July 2007 · 8:06 am

    I’ll have to notify the Muscle Car Ranch bout the neon sign, maybe they can salvage it.

  2. Mark »

    5 July 2007 · 8:20 am

    Hopefully, they will move the sign to the new location.

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