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Old favorites and new flair at Beatnix Café

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Owner Sandra Ceballos (middle) with coworkers Ana Meda (left) and Korrine Folmar (right)
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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s closing time at the café, but there’s still much to be done.  One latecomer browses the menu and a table in the back casually wraps up a meal.  The staff at Beatnix doesn’t seem to have any intention of running them off despite switching the sign to “closed” and locking the front door, leaving the side door as an exit for the customers when they’re ready.

Visibly bushed, but glowing, The Beatnix Café owner Sandra Ceballos sits at a booth near the window for a long overdue break. 

“It’s been a good ride,” Ceballos says smiling, pouring a drink for herself.

Since acquiring the café in August last year, a lot of time has been spent finding a new rhythm and a new style while learning how to keep the traditions that have made the little Midtown café so popular.

“Back in July I came to eat downtown at a burger joint in the area,” Ceballos told us.  “I thought, if God grants me a restaurant…I would love to have it in the Midtown area.”

Ceballos had previously owned a small food trailer, but her chance –two days after visiting the burger joint, in fact- arose when she found the listing for Beatnix on Craigslist. 

“Within two weeks we had this place.  I knew nothing about coffees.  I had to learn quick.”

With the help of friends and baristas Ceballos began to pick up the trade.  The best help of all, she says, were the regular customers. 

“They were so patient with me while I learned,” she says.  “Our regulars, I really appreciate their patience.  I’m very open,” she admits regarding the mistakes she would make while learning.  “I want to make this place better.”

And while she does want to keep the favorites, such as the phenomenally popular T-Bird and quesadillas, she’s ready to ad her own twist to the restaurant.

“I do want to keep the popular items.  We do want to bring in some Mexican specialties like chili rellenos, fajitas, enchiladas.  Things my Mom taught me how to make that she learned from my Grandma.”

You can still expect to see many of the house specialties, like the Ultimate BLT, on regular rotation as well.

“We are going to remodel and open some things up.  Add some windows,” she says pointing to the dividing wall that separates the front and side dining areas.  “After that we’re looking to get some work up from local artists again.  A lot have come in looking to show their stuff.”

When asked how the new and old staff have adjusted, Ceballos couldn’t be happier.  “I love my crew right now,” Ceballos says.  The cook they hired four months ago “took over the kitchen” and has been filling happy bellies ever since.  She says some are new additions and they are learning just like she is while workers who have been around longer and have been happy to show the ropes.

The new crew at Beatnix seems to have found their perfect pace.  While only staying open until 2pm in recent weeks, the café will have new hours and starting next Monday, January 20 and will now be open from 7am to 5pm Monday - Friday & Saturdays 9am - 2pm. 

Expect the classics you love while keeping an eye out for some exciting new changes this year at the Beatnix Café.

For more on The Beatnix Café check out their website, or visit them at 136 NW 13th St in Oklahoma City.

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Liz Burleson is from Oklahoma City and received a degree in English with a minor in Asian...

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