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POPS revamps menu February 26, 2009

Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, Restaurants.
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POPS, the Route 66 landmark in Arcadia, Okla., that’s best-known for its 66-foot-tall pop bottle and more than 500 brands of soda it sells, recently revamped the menu of its cafe, reports the Daily Oklahoman.

Oklahoma City restaurateurs Keith and Heather Paul were hired to make the changes after discussing the idea with POPS owner and Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon. Among the food establishments the Pauls own are Market C and Cheever’s Cafe, both of which are on or very near Route 66 and are historic properties — including a restored Phillips 66 cottage-style gas station.

Gone are the steaks and more exotic fare. Instead, Paul has revamped the menu into one that emphasizes “gourmet road food” headlined by burgers, hot dogs, chicken fried steak, a few salads, sodas and shakes.

“We kept some old favorites and centralized the menu to accommodate the crowds,” Paul said.

“We tried to keep it as simple as possible and operationally a successful functioning restaurant. We’re getting over the weekends 1,500 people a day.”

So POPS is trying to get food to diners faster and cut down on the wait-in-line times on the weekends, which have sometimes stretched to 90 minutes since it opened.

Here is a link to a pdf of POPS’ new menu.

I had a meal at Cheever’s a few weeks ago, and it was terrific. So I understand why McClendon has a lot of faith in them.

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