Restaurant News: Mangos Cuban Cafe Closing; Keo has a new tasting menu | To eat

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Mangos Cuban Cafe, 317 S. Trenton Ave., announced on its Facebook page Monday that it will be closing, effective immediately.

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Mangos Cuban Cafe will be closing its doors,” the post read. “We have weathered so many storms over the past two years, including the pandemic and inflation, but we cannot continue to function financially.

“We are so grateful to have had the regular guests who have supported us for so long, it means the world to us,” the post continues. “Unfortunately, the cost of our product and our overhead continue to rise, and we cannot, in good conscience, raise our prices further to try to compensate.”

After thanking the restaurant’s employees, who are described as “the backbone of our business”, the post ends with a warning.

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“We leave you all with another very important message: Please support your local mom and pop businesses,” the post read. “They are about to go through even more uncertain times and they deserve our support. We hope to see you all again one day in the future and that it won’t be the end forever.

Mangos Cuban Cafe opened in April 2019 and was one of the first residents of what became Studio Row, the area immediately around Church Studio.

The cafe was started by Mary and Anthony Martinez, using recipes from Anthony Martinez’s Cuban grandmother. The Tulsa World reviewer praised the authenticity of its food, awarding it four stars.

Keo offers a new tasting menuKeo Asian Cuisine offers special seasonal dishes on its tasting menu.

Items include shrimp cocktail, with avocado, red onion, tomato, Thai basil and jalapeño, served with wonton chips; and steamed buns topped with five-spice duck breast, kimchi, jalapeño and hoisin sauce ($13 each).

Another novelty on the tasting menu, a tomato and burrata salad, with Thai basil, heirloom tomatoes, nectarine and jalapeño in a lime vinaigrette; and larb gai, a lettuce wrap with ground chicken, lime, chili, and Vietnamese mint ($12 each).

Keo Asian Kitchen has three locations in the Tulsa area: 3524 S. Peoria Ave. ; 8921 S. Yale Ave; and 845 E. Kenosha Ave., in Broken Arrow. See more at keorestaurant.com.

Chicken and Waffles for a Year National chain Metro Diner, which has an outlet in the Tulsa Hills Mall at 7474 S. Olympia Ave., is offering the chance to win one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes — chicken. fries and waffles — for a year.

Sign up by Sunday, August 14 for a chance to win a free weekly order of a half-fried chicken and Belgian waffle topped with strawberry butter for one year. Other prizes include a single free meal of fried chicken and waffles, and what the restaurant calls “Fried Chicken and Waffles Swag.”

To participate, and more information: metrodiner.com

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