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June 6, 2013

Mama Carol's brings classic style to modern dining

CHICKASHA — Mama Carol’s Kitchen, longstanding restaurant and cornerstone of Chickasha, has been under new direction for almost a year, and owners Bart and Carol Bingham, say that business is better than ever.

“My wife and I worked in the food service industry for a while when we first met at Sonic,” Bart said, “and I’ve just always had an itch for this. We’ve been lucky to be very successful because of our employees and our loyal customers.”

According to Bart, he has worked alongside his wife for nearly 30 years. Prior to owning a restaurant the couple ran a floor covering company.

“When this restaurant became available we knew that we could make it work,” Bart said, “and the proof is in the pudding.”

The restaurant specializes in breakfast but also has entrees such as burgers, roast beef and catfish available to guests.

“Everything that is on the menu is available from the time we open to the time we close and most restaurants don’t do that,” Bart said. “Sometimes are daily specials aren’t ready as early as people would like but we try to get them ready as close to lunch time as possible.”

High quality and fresh food are a top priority at Mama Carol’s Kitchen, Bart said, as well as preparing entrees the way that the customers like it.

“We don’t keep a salt shaker in the kitchen,” Bart said, “we let the guest season to taste — however they like it is how they get it.”

The Bingham’s took notes of the different restaurants they visited throughout their time in other industries and tried to learn as much as possible.

“We’re very service oriented,” Bart said. “At the same time though, we know that time is precious. While we don’t rush people, we try to get them in and get them fed so they can enjoy the rest of their day — the last thing anyone wants to do is sit and wait on their lunch.”

The support and devotedness that the people of Chickasha have shown the Bingham’s, Bart said, means so much to them.

“I spent most of my time ‘behind the wall’ in the beginning of this,” Bart said, “so in return, when you hear compliments and praise, it makes you realize what you’re working for you are accomplishing. Our goal was to fill a need.”

Bart said he works diligently with his wife and employees to make sure that their store, open seven days a week, provides the best possible eating environment for their guests.

“It’s a daily routine,” Bart said. “It’s not something that we consider to coasting with because we are doing so well. That is never going to happen.”

Mama Carol’s Kitchen is located at 625 S 4th St. and its hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The business is currently looking to expand in different cities around Oklahoma.

“We’re an old school café, we are kind of a dying breed,” Bart said. “I like to compare us to a full service gas station. You can come here and get what you want when you want it and that’s just not the way people do it anymore.”


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