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Railyard's 1884 Bar open in time for Valentine's Day

The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City — Dave Cathey The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Feb. 14-- Feb. 14--Uncle Sam celebrated it Jan. 1, the Chinese celebrated it Jan. 25, the 405 diningscape celebrates the New Year tonight.

Valentine's Day opens the dining season to the industry today, and throughout the weekend. Hopefully, your reservations are made.

If not, you've got an option at the ongoing grand opening of the Edmond Railyard's 1884 Bar.

The centerpiece of Edmond's first food hall opened yesterday, serving a full menu from sandwiches to charcuterie boards. The bar will have a dozen local and craft beers on draft, a full bar and wine program.

If you haven't made any Valentine's reservations, you're in luck. 1884 is accepting walk-ins only.

It's an all-ages venue, but does have a mezzanine for adults only.

The bar fills a major void at The Railyard, joining the other five eateries that began opening at the end of August with Eddie's Hott Wings from chef Eddie Wrenn of Eddie's Restaurant. Other options include Oak City Pizza Co., Cities Ice Cream from the owner's of Capitals, Gogi Go (the second of a locally owned fast-casual Korean concept), and Taqueria El Camino from Happy Plate Concepts (Sunnyside Diner).

Still to come is Blue J's Rockin' Grill from the owner's Blue J's Rollin' Grill food truck.

Edmond Railyard, 23 W 1st St., includes 20,000 square feet inside and another 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor space.

Grand Opening hours for 1884 are 4 p.m. to midnight tonight; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

I've sampled tacos from Taqueria El Camino and can assure you they're worth checking out. Gogi go is my favorite fast-casual stop in Midtown, you can trust chef Danh Do will have it in ship-shape for Edmond. Looking forward to getting into some hot wings and pizza on my next visit.

Parking abounds to the south and north of the venue.

Food halls are booming in concept, but the two downtown Oklahoma City food halls have had some early departures. Popular food truck Flying Pig BBQ is the latest to pull out of The Collective. Oh Baby!, a Dutch baby pancake concept, closed there last month. Parlor OKC lost Burger Pig a few weeks ago, and I'm hearing it might not be the only one pulling out of that venue.

Flying Pig owner David Greggs made the announcement on social media. So get by the kiosk space inside The Collective before the end of February for Dave's spicy smoked chicken thighs, burnt ends, ribs, brisket, turkey or whatever he might have on special. He's a great pitmaster, and this certainly doesn't mean the end for The Pig's mobile kitchen. We'll catch up with Dave when the month ends.

Quick Bites

In case you missed it, we learned Taste of Korea will be closing at the end of the month, too. Some details here plus an answer to the question whether the bittersweet news sent late mojo to Oscar on behalf of the Korean masterpiece "Parasite" here. ... Mardi Gras is around the corner, and I stumbled upon a surprising option over at The Drake. Read all about it for evidence the 405 diningscape is a place you can find a Friday night on a Tuesday.

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