Indian Coffee Company to open downtown
The exotic and the familiar meet on common ground this month when Indian Coffee Company opens its doors to customers in a new downtown restaurant at 116 S.W. Frank Phillips Boulevard.
Owner Mark Spencer, known in Oklahoma and Arkansas for creating a quality restaurant experience, spins tantalizing word pictures about the dishes he has planned for the new eatery, which is set to open in mid to late July. The community buzz has been building as Bartians await their chance to sample the mouth-watering fare on the breakfast and lunch menus.
“Our business is going to be built around an eclectic mindset and mood,” says Spencer. “We want to build an atmosphere that says ‘come in and try something new and then discover it’s really good’.”
Hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday in the new restaurant, which offers food and drink orders to go or to dine inside at this turn-of-the-century address that housed a dry goods store, ladies wear shop and grocer’s market in its earliest days when visitors fresh from the Santa Fe depot trains mingled with residents raising their young families in the oil boom town known as Bartlesville.
Fresh produce – much of it coming from Bartlesville Farmer’s Market – is among the hallmark ingredients in the “real food” offered on Spencer’s menu, which rotates around 15 dishes chosen to match the seasons. Homemade soups are featured more in cold weather months, while summer brings crisp salads. Among the favorites is Spencer’s Quinoa salad featuring roasted chicken, almonds, fresh greens and Edamame.
Harkening to traditional Oklahoma roots, as well as its namesake, the menu features Indian tacos. Nodding to the gourmet pallet, there are specialty brick oven pizzas with ingredients like goat cheese, caramelized apples and figs.
Among the breakfast favorites is Mexican French Toast featuring fresh bread rubbed with cinnamon, agave and coffee, pan-seared and topped with fresh berries and a syrup combining hazelnut, chocolate, liquor and chili pepper. The restaurant is open for private evening parties by appointment.
Diners are able to order by the cup or the package Indian Coffee Company java, which also is for sale online. Spencer chose for his venture coffee specially grown at two El Salvador plantations whose owners live in Tulsa. It’s not everyday customers are able to have such a close connection to their coffee source.
“I can show you the guy who is picking the coffee beans you are drinking,” says Spencer.
Such attention to detail is nothing new for Spencer who works daily handling projects large and small for clients of his Bartlesville company Spencer Management. The restaurant expertise comes just as naturally to Spencer, who was one of the founders of Sterlings Grille in Bartlesville and who continues to operate the popular River Grille Steakhouse in Bentonville, Ark.
There are big hopes and dreams for Indian Coffee Company, whose name pays tribute to Spencer’s own Native American heritage, as well as Bartlesville’s earliest days in Indian territory.
“We’re proud of our heritage and our culture,” says Spencer. “Our hope is that our brand goes beyond Bartlesville.”