By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: February 2008
Pictured is Duffy’s Restaurant staff in Bixby: (L to R) Somar, cook and part owner; Eddie Chamat, owner; Kelly; and Carol.
Anyone who has met Eddie Chamat knows he is a nice guy who treats his customers and employees the way everyone wants to be treated. Accordingly, when the original Duffy’s Restaurant opened in Broken Arrow 21 years ago, Chamat knew he wanted to bring hospitality to the community landmark. A year after its opening, he bought the restaurant from its original owners. After 20 successful years, Chamat has embarked on a new endeavor. He has taken over ownership of the Duffy’s in Bixby.
Chamat has exciting plans for remodeling and improving the restaurant. “Duffy’s has a lot of history in Oklahoma,” he says. “We are going to be making some improvements in decorations and other aspects of our Bixby location.” The remodeling project will include cleaning up, painting and replacing of some of the restaurant’s fixtures. And, thankfully, only a few minor adjustments will be made to the home style menu. There may be a few new items added, as well.
Duffy’s is famous for its homemade entrees, including chicken fried steak, hand-battered chicken tenders, roast beef, mashed potatoes, fresh corn and green beans. Of course, no one can dine at Duffy’s without having one of the fabulous dinner rolls. The breakfast menu will still include standard breakfast items, as well as ham steak and oversized, handmade cinnamon rolls. For those who can eat eggs any time of day, breakfast is available all day long at Duffy’s. Who says breakfast food can only be enjoyed in the morning?
Duffy’s offers daily specials, which feature such items as meatloaf, baked chicken and liver and onions. Plus, customers can finish off their meals with something from the great selection of desserts.
Kelly serves a customer with a huge, plate-filling cinnamon roll, a Duffy’s favorite.
After renovations, Duffy’s will resume its normal hours of operation. Monday through Saturday, the restaurant will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Duffy’s location in Bixby has been in operation for two years. If you liked it before the renovation and new ownership, you will love it now. Stop by, meet Chamat and his staff, and enjoy some good ol’ style home cookin’. Duffy’s is the kind of eating experience that will make fond memories for years to come. Bon appetite!
Somar, cook and part owner, and Eddie Chamat, new owner, display a stack of Duffy’s famous delicious cinnamon rolls.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.