LOCAL is a restaurant in Norman that focuses on locally sourced and sustainable food. They have a seasonal menu which features weekly chalkboard cuts of grass-fed meats and special dishes using local produce. They also have a market place that features take-away single and family dinners, farm market baskets, and local products for your kitchen.
And LOCAL has LOCALVILLE for the kids. It’s a supervised children area within LOCAL that features imaginative play, media, reading, and infant rooms. Children can either eat with their parents or eat in LOCALVILLE. They feature many great healthy options for the young diners.
We got the chance to talk to Melissa, one of the owners of LOCAL, and this is what she had to say.
GO: What made you decide to start Local?
LOCAL: It actually started with our kids space; Localville. We wanted a restaurant that was fantastic for adults AND children. So we made a totally separate, supervised childcare space and created a healthy menu that greater reflects how modern parents are feeding their children. No French fries, no corn dogs.
From there, we decided to take the best practices of the best restaurants and incorporate them into LOCAL. Buy direct from farmers, keep the food approachable but unique, have an inventive and dynamic cocktail and wine list, and stay involved in our community.
GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
LOCAL: Being eco-friendly is an important part of our personal lives, so making it part of our professional lives is an easy continuation of this belief system. For example, when we were building, we recycled the old glass from the existing storefront into concrete and glass basins in the restrooms.
GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
LOCAL: Don’t try to fit into someone else’s standard of green. Don’t try to win an award, or be certified in special ways – just do the best practices every day regardless of outside influence.
GO: What’s your current favorite item on the menu?
LOCAL: I’m loving our 4 Meat Meatloaf. It features grass-fed and finished, Oklahoma beef, buffalo, pork and lamb. It’s topped with bacon we smoke and cure in-house along with a sherry mushroom sauce made with Oklahoma mushrooms. That single dish is super tasty and it touches a lot of farmers in our state.
GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
LOCAL: The money of course! Keeping our money in our state, instead of sending it somewhere else or overseas is vital to keeping our communities healthy. And it’s the small businesses that are always on the line for donations and helping with community events. You rarely see a gift certificate or donated food at a charity event or silent auction from a corporate restaurant. We all have to help each other succeed in business.
GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
LOCAL: That is not a fair question – I like to do a LOT of things in Oklahoma. I have season tickets to the Thunder and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. I’m a founding member of the Metro Arts Circle for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman. LOCAL participates in the 2nd Friday Art Walk every month. Norman Music Fest is always a huge blast. If anything, I have far too many favorite things to do in Oklahoma!
GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
LOCAL: Urban Agrarian. They do a spectacular job connecting the farms across the state to the consumers in the OKC metro area. And their vehicle runs on old grease. So that’s awesome.
If you would like to learn more about LOCAL, please be sure to visit their website, Facebook page, and their YouTube page which contains a lot of great videos about the restaurant, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.
We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about LOCAL and the faces behind the business. Be sure to let us know about other local green businesses you would like to see featured. Just post in the comments below, on our Facebook page or email us at email@example.com.
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