The Pink House Wine & Dine restaurant in Wagoner, Oklahoma is actually green. “It’s a conversation starter,” says owner Cathy Moore. “The home was built in 1906 and has been painted pink most of the time. We painted it green to stir up conversation.”
Cathy and her family own Steakout Sports Grill, a Wagoner favorite for 17 years. A couple years ago a sign showed up on the historic house’s lawn, and she knew it would be the perfect place for a restaurant. Restoring the historic building with updated restaurant equipment was a challenge. Because of its historic value, it was important to maintain as much of the original materials as possible. Cathy enlisted Curtis Restaurant Supply for help.
Kathy Bennett, Curtis Restaurant Supply sales representative, explains, “Challenges included installing the vent hood in a VERY small kitchen, which meant cutting it to accommodate a large beam. In fact, all the kitchen equipment had to be carefully planned due to space constraints. We made use of every square inch of the kitchen, including converting a dumb waiter into a warming station.”
And that wasn’t the only challenge. Because the house is old, the booth benches for the front dining area had to be custom made because the walls are not square. Kathy found ornate, antique looking pedestals for the tables, and ordered chairs that would be appropriate for the period. Everything is designed to enhance the beautiful natural materials in the house such as the solid oak trim and decorative parquet hardwood flooring.
Almost everything in the house has a story. Look closely at the dining room floor, and you will see a small hole that leads to the basement. The hole originally held a device with a bell at the end. The mistress of the home would place her chair over the bell and use her foot to summon the servants in the basement.
Although the décor is quite grand with its hand carved woodwork and Tiffany style lighting, Cathy says to come as you are. Whether it’s after work, or after a day of fun at the lake, you are welcome at The Pink House. “We are not a fancy chain restaurant, nor do we want to be. We are a family serving decent food at a decent price,” she says. “Many people say we have the best steaks in Wagoner, and even Tulsa.” Cathy recommends making reservations, or to call before coming to make sure they are open. For instance, their grandson was in a wrestling tournament in Stillwater last weekend, and they closed the restaurant so the entire family could be there.
The Pink House is open Friday and Saturday night from 5pm – 9pm. It has a full bar with a large screen TV and recently added a party room to the back of the restaurant to serve private parties, business meetings and family events. The room seats 50 and overlooks the grounds.
Pink House Wine & Dine
804 East Cherokee Street
Wagoner, OK 74467