From American to Malaysian to Mediterranean cuisines and a few foodie stops in between, 602 Bistro, located within the Dominion House at 602 E. College Ave. in Guthrie, offers an escape to another place via their global cuisine.
Dominion House, a former orphanage, was transformed into a 10-room boutique hotel gem by proprietors Trey and Julie Ayers. Now, it’s also the home of 602 Bistro under the direction of executive chef David Christopher.
With a grand (by reservation only) opening slated for Thursday evening, November 1, 602 Bistro features global cuisine in an upscale, yet laid-back setting that honors the building’s roots. Menus playfully combine unexpected flavors and celebrate regional and seasonal products paired to create an upscale — but not stuffy — dining experience.
“It can be as formal or as casual as you want,” Trey Ayers said. “We want everyone to relax and feel comfortable here.”
Restaurant patrons are in store for an inventive union of genuine hospitality, historic design and culinary creativity. Guests from near or far are greeted with international flavors at the new restaurant.
“Cultural cuisine is all about the flavors,” Julie Ayers said. “It’s an experience.”
She selected Chef David Christopher based on his experience at Sego, an international cuisine restaurant in Kanab, Utah.
Christopher says food is what brings people around the table and it ought to be good.
“Anyone you’re willing to break bread with is someone special, and we want to celebrate that,” Christopher said. “Mother Nature has given us a gift. We layer our seasonings and ingredients to enhance it.”
With signature entrées and drinks, 602 Bistro has higher-end dishes featuring net-caught, sashimi-grade fish flown in from Japan and offers a wood-fired veggie pizza on the lower end of the price scale.
Entrées range from $12 to $28, an affordable mini-vacation. Guests can customize the dining experience further with a craft cocktail or dessert. Everything is made in-house with as many local ingredients as possible, including vegan and gluten-free dishes.
“We do a rice noodle dish based with lemongrass and ginger followed up with scallions and six different kinds of vegetables and you can add your choice of tofu, chicken, shrimp or freshly-flown in crab,” Christopher said.
Menu staples like Salmon with Aromatic Rice and Zhoug Sauce, a middle-eastern/Mediterranean cilantro-based sauce, will be available regularly in addition to daily features. Meat lovers can also sink their forks into a tender filet or juicy hamburger with hand-cut fries.
“We want it to be a place that you can really enjoy yourself, have drinks with friends in social atmosphere, disconnect, unwind and enjoy your evening,” Trey Ayers said. Open only on weekends for now, “we’d rather start small and do it well,” he added.
Whether you’re a guest in the hotel or a neighbor down the street, the Dominion House’s 602 Bistro charms with southern hospitality in a unique and special setting.
The bistro is open by reservation only from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Schedule your dinner vacation online at dominionhouseguthrie.com or call 405.282.7789.
See the world through your taste buds at 602 Bistro in Guthrie, America.