Kaiser's grand reopening set for Saturday
Kaiser’s American Bistro is no more, but Kaiser's Diner & Ice Cream Parlor is set to reopen on Saturday (Nov. 1) with a party from 6 to 9 p.m., showcasing a revamped menu from new owners Kristen Cory, Angie Uselton and Randy Giggers.
Cory said she and her partners seeks to send customers back to those golden years with nostalgic ambiance via the “Swiss ice cream recipes that made Kaiser's famous."Kaiser's Diner, 1039 N. Walker Ave., will offer a variety of original ice cream flavors and confections and serve lunch and dinner. Menus include appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pasta dishes, soups and salads and traditional southern cooking.
New ownership plans to bring live music to the historic venue. Unchanged within the iconic ice cream parlor are the pressed iron ceiling, original mahogany fountain, counter and back-bar area, with its engraved mirrors and stained glass cabinet doors. boasts decorative tile and the seating is early-American vintage.
Kaiser's began in 1910 when Anthony J. (AJ) Kaiser bought a confectionary and ice cream parlor at NW 7th and Robinson. The business moved to its current location in 1919 and began the "Kaiser Tradition" for great tasting ice cream in Oklahoma City. The building was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1978.
Throughout the decades, ice cream has been made on-site, first with hand-cranked freezers and later with the aid of electricity. Ice cream was made with rock salt and ice and hand-packed in 36 flavors. Everything was made with pure ingredients with no extracts or substitutions. Exotic ice cream, ices, punches and confections made from hundreds of molds and frozen puddings were their specialty.
The Kaiser family continued operations here with its homemade, hand-packed ice cream until 1977. At that time it was purchased by another ice cream connoisseur who kept the operation going until 1990. After sitting vacant for 4 years, it was reopened as the Grateful Bean in 1994. The Grateful Bean changed its name to Kaiser's American Bistro which closed doors in September 2013.
For more information about Kaiser's catering service, menus and hours, call 593-SODA (7632).