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t all started in 2004 when Jim and Diana Sellers decided to create a res- taurant out of a century-old farmhouse just north of Langley on Highway


82. Te Sellers hailed from Oklahoma City and were accustomed to lots of dining options and thus saw an opportunity to fill a void at Grand Lake. Jim brought to the venture a wealth of experience from a career spent in the food business and Diana’s love for gardening was unmatched. Te pair were a perfect fit for the old farmhouse and its big, overgrown garden.


Once their catering company in Oklahoma City was sold, the idea of a restau- rant at Grand Lake quickly took shape for the Sellers. Te Artichoke Restau- rant opened its doors business in July 2004 with construction of a commercial kitchen and dining areas completing the farmhouse conversion.


Nearly eight years later, Te Artichoke Restaurant is one of the most popular spots on the lake. Te establishment


features cozy yet elegant dining that makes you feel at home, along with a quaint bar that has eleven very popular seats. Te atmosphere at Te Artichoke is as enjoyable as the food is delicious. Te garden behind the restaurant pro- vides fresh herbs most of the year, as well as vegetables used in the summer months. Restaurant patrons also enjoy a leisurely stroll through the garden before or aſter dinner.


Once seated, you are treated to artichoke spinach dip with toasties while you peruse the menu. A whole, steamed ar- tichoke, stuffed mushrooms or mini artichoke raviolis are available for appetizers. All the entrees come with a cup of homemade soup of the day or the house salad of fresh greens, tomatoes, cucumbers sprinkled with toasted almonds, and your favorite dressing.


Te menu includes a variety of entrées, including two chicken selections, three shrimp preparations, crab cakes, tila- pia, catfish and the best salmon in the area. Or, try a sumptuous steak—like a big juicy ribeye, a filet, KC strip or top sirloin—all cooked to order. A side is included with your meal, so why not enjoy a whole fried potato with your steak or equally popular choices like grilled vegetables, brown rice, sautéed mushrooms or asparagus?


Te service is impeccable thanks to an experience wait staff that has been with the Sellers since opening day. Of course, Jim and Diana are right in the middle of it, making cocktails, serving bottles of wine and taking care of their customers as if they were having dinner in their home.


Come and experience an evening of fine dining, deli- cious food, great service and a welcoming atmo- sphere at Te Artichoke. Te hours are the same since the day it opened: Tuesday through Saturday at 5 p.m., fiſty two weeks a year. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 918-782-9855 and experi- ence Te Artichoke for yourself.


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