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Rick and David Haynes have spent their professional careers preserving and expanding their father Johnnie’s burger legacy, but in June they quietly planted a Yukon tribute to their mother called Pauline’s Southern Kitchen.

The Haynes brothers recently closed their Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler location in south Oklahoma City to cap off some of Johnnie’s goodbyes. The first came last spring when the Yukon location closed to make way for Paulines.

“I was just 13 years old when my father opened the first location, and ever since I was a young man I’ve always wanted to offer Pauline’s amazing fried chicken at a restaurant in honor of my mother,” said Rick Haynes.

Pauline’s, specializing in cookies and fried chicken with family sides, opened at 1700 Shedeck Pkway south of the interstate. Escaped during an afternoon maelstrom at Pauline’s last week and found a hot meal reminiscent of old times.

The service was excellent, reminiscent of the family days of Sleepy Hollow. Guests can choose from Roast Chicken, Roast Chicken Steak, Chicken Breast, Chicken Liver, Lamb Fries, Fried Whitefish, Impossible Meatloaf and Smoked Chicken. All dine-in meals are served with bottomless salad with ranch dressing and biscuits of choice. Individual guests choose from five sides for another bottomless bowl. They sell you a second bottomless page for $9.95. People can split an entree and choose two sides, but no refills.

Pauline's Kitchen, owned by the owners of Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler, opened in the Yukon in June.

For my maiden voyage it was a four piece fried chicken dinner. I chose green chilli corn with mashed potatoes, fried okra, green beans and baked beans.

Biscuits were crispy and well buttered. The roast chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy in the middle — the kind any grandparent would be proud of if they claimed it came out of their cast-iron skillet.

Butter was plentiful on the cookies as well as the corn, which didn’t have much green chili spiciness. Didn’t stop me from finishing it. I didn’t order extra corn or salad, but I did order some extra cookies (you know, for soaking). Seconds would have kept me from a slice of Pauline’s signature buttermilk cake, sweeter than Grandma’s description of the good old days.

Pauline's Kitchen, owned by the owners of Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler, opened in the Yukon in June.

Dessert also includes derby pie and a rotating cheesecake. The entire menu is only slightly cheaper if you order takeout, and takeout orders can be picked up at the drive-thru window. Pauline’s also includes a cocktail bar called The Roost with local beer and house specials.

Pauline's Kitchen, owned by the owners of Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler, opened in the Yukon in June.

Pauline’s has replaced a Johnnie Charcoal Broiler but is joining four others as well as a Johnnie’s Charcoal Express and The Lounge at Johnnie’s.

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Is Nebu coming or going?

In a summary of restaurant openings and closings posted online last week and due to be in print next week, there is no mention of Nebu, which is based in the Devon Energy Centre. Are you familiar with the modern canteen concept with varied cuisine that is served at counters around the areas operated by Guckenheimer Hospitality? I had whispered about its closing and converting to an entirely local offering, but that idea has gone the way of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Pappadeauxs.

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