UPDATED: Nic's among limited Christmas dining options; Will Rogers hosts swanky soiree New Year's Eve
When Mimi's Cafe shuttered shortly before Thanksgiving, the city lost one of its holiday standbys. Christmas is an even tougher day to find a place to eat out, but at least one new option has popped up for yuletide dining.
Nic's Place Diner and Lounge, 1116 N Robinson Ave., will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, serving special holiday fare including Cornish Game Hens.
"We'd like to get a reservation so we'll know how much food to order," said owner Justin "Nic" Nicholas. "But we'll order a little extra for stragglers, too."
To do that, call 601-9234.
Outside of Nic's, choices are slim but not nonexistent. Hotel restaurants like Ember in the Renaissance Waterford, Viceroy Grille in The Ambassador, Flint in The Colcord, E.S. Founders at Embassy Suites and The Park Avenue Grill in the Skirvin Hilton will be open.
The usual round-the-clock national chain diners like Denny's and IHOP will be open as usual. Both Saltgrass Steak House locations will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand House will do its annual Christmas Day dim sum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It won't be the only place open in the Asian District, but Asian restaurants around the city tend to be open. Szechuan Bistro, 1010 W Memorial Rd., will operate its normal hours. Taj Cuisine of India will be open regular hours in Uptown.
Also, a good number of local bars and taverns will open in the evening, so check in with your favorite watering hole.
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Meanwhile, New Year's Eve is sneaking up fast. If you haven't made your reservations yet, it's time to change that. Most restaurants in the city will be open, expecting high volume. To best serve as many folks as possible, many will offer prix fixe menus for more efficient service.
The Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N Western Ave., will play host to one of the more distinctive events ringing in the New Year with a nostalgic black-tie affair.
"What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?" promises to be an elegant evening hearkening to the 1940s and 50s with dinner and dancing to live music, complimentary valet and coat check.
The event is open only to adults 21 and older, attire is either black-tie or era-appropriate.
Cost is $100, which also includes complimentary Champagne for the midnight toast. For reservations, calling 604-3015.