Tom Rush

Biga has scheduled its annual Tom Rush birthday dinner, celebrating the restaurant’s longtime bartender, Monday night. Tulsa World file

The annual Tom Rush birthday dinner, celebrating Biga’s longtime bartender, has been scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the restaurant, 4329 S. Peoria Ave.

Wine reps Jillian Vandaveer and Brian Garner will serve the wines that will include Tiamo Barbera IGT Piedmont, Tiamo Chianti DOCG Tuscany and La Masseria Primitivo IGT Puglia.

They will be paired with shrimp fra diavolo, lasagna Bolognese, osso buco and tiramisu.

Cost is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 918-743-2442.

The Tavern to close two weeks for renovations

The Tavern restaurant, 201 N. Main St., will be closed for renovations for approximately two weeks beginning Monday, Nov. 4.

“Believe it or not, The Tavern is nearly 10 years old, so we thought it was time for a little refresh,” said a McNellie’s Group spokesman.

“While we are closed, we are going to replace all of the furniture, refinish the bar, paint the restaurant and install a significantly bigger wine cooler, which is necessary due to the popularity of our ‘Winesday’ special (wine is half price on Wednesdays).”

The restaurant is projected to reopen Nov. 18. Watch its Facebook page for updates.

The McNellie’s Group includes The Tavern, McNellie’s Pub, Yokozuna, El Guapo’s Mexican Cantina, Elgin Park, McNellie’s South City, Fassler Hall, Dilly Diner and Dust Bowl Lounge & Lanes.

Last dinners of the season set at Grogg’s Green Barn

The final two wine dinners of the season have been scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at Grogg’s Green Barn, 10105 E. 61st St.

Executive chef Andrew Donovan will prepare the farm-to-table dinners featuring late-season crops.

The dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are available at or

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Scott Cherry





Scene Writer

Scott is in his second tour of duty with the Tulsa World. He was a sports writer during his first stop. Since returning to the World in 1992, he has been the food writer and now restaurant critic and wine columnist. Phone: 918-581-8463