Landmark Serves Up Delicious Food

Tuesday, September 11th 2007, 11:00 am
By: News On 6

The Pink House has been a landmark in downtown Claremore for more than 25 years. It has new owners but little less about the restaurant has changed. As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells reports, customers consider lunch at the Pink House good therapy.

Shari Beguin and her mother bought the Pink House five months ago. The name comes from the fact that the outside of the Victorian home is mostly pink and very soon the inside will be too.

"The room is gonna be the lighter pink in the stripes," says Shari Beguin.

Beguin says the house was built in 1902 and that adds to the restaurant's charm.

"You don't walk into every house and walk down a slope, it adds character to it," says Shari Beguin.

It is lunchtime and the stream of hungry folks keeps coming. Meanwhile, in the Pink House’s kitchen, a big catering order is headed out the back door. Catering is a growing part of the business. Part of Tuesday’s order is headed for the Port of Catoosa, the rest to a clinic in south Tulsa. However, there are dining room regulars who savor the atmosphere inside. Judy Brown and Toni Dilldine meet at the Pink House once a month usually on Tuesdays and have for ten years.

“It gives us sanity for the rest of the month," says Toni Dilldine.

Dilldine says they use the lunches as a way to catch up and celebrate their friendship. For Shari Beguin and her mom the customers make owning their own business a joy.

"There's not stress, we work hard, it's almost like playing," says Shari Beguin.

The Pink House is open six days a week for lunch and is located at 210 West 4th Street in Claremore.

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