Tulsa World

SAYING GOODBYE

Owner of Margaret’s German Restaurant plans to retire

- JAMES D. WATTS JR. james.watts@tulsaworld.com

Fans of authentic German cuisine — served with a distinct Polish accent — have been coming to Margaret’s German Restaurant for more than 30 years.

The restaurant, located at 5107 S. Sheridan Road in the Farm Shopping Center, dates back to the early 1970s, but it came into its own when Margaret Rzepczynsk­i took over as owner.

But now, after 32 years, Rzepczynsk­i is planning to retire from the restaurant business by the end of this year.

“It’s not that I’m sick or anything,” she said. “It’s just that 32 years in one place is a lot of time. My husband is at home all the time now. My daughter lives in London. I’d like to be able to spend more time with them.”

With the assistance of Catholic Charities, Rzepczynsk­i and her hus

band, Andrew, came to the United States in 1982 to escape Communist-controlled Poland. She started out cooking for chef Jacques Lissonnett at the fine dining establishm­ent in the hotel now known as the Hyatt Regency downtown.

She learned that a shop known as Pierre’s Deli, a German-European deli, was for sale, and on Oct. 19,

1989, opened Margaret’s German Restaurant.

“I was 34 when I opened, and I did everything,” Rzepczynsk­i said. “I did the cooking, I did the dishes, everything.”

As time went on, Rzepczynsk­i would expand the menu to include some dishes from her native Poland as specials, to go along with

the traditiona­l German dishes such as sauerbrate­n, various preparatio­ns of schnitzel and sausages, kassler rippchen (smoked pork loin), leberkaese (baked German bologna) and huhnerbrus­t (grilled chicken breast in a dark sherry mushroom sauce).

Rzepczynsk­i’s cooking and hospitalit­y has built up a dedicated customer base — one that helped the restaurant weather the storms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To be honest, we did well during the pandemic,” she said. “That was due mostly to our regular customers, who supported us by getting carryout and tipped the wait staff very well. Many of the people working for me have been with me 10, 12 years.”

Ensuring that the dedicated lovers of fine German cuisine continue to have a place to dine is very much on Rzepczynsk­i’s mind.

“I would love for someone to want to take the restaurant over,” she said. “I would be happy to teach them the recipes. It’s been a successful place for 32 years — it would be nice for it to continue beyond that.”

 ?? MICHAEL NOBLE JR. PHOTOS, TULSA WORLD ?? Margaret’s German Restaurant owner Margaret Rzepcynski is planning to retire after nearly 40 years in the food business and is hoping someone will be willing to carry on her legacy of providing German and Bavarian cuisine to Tulsa.
MICHAEL NOBLE JR. PHOTOS, TULSA WORLD Margaret’s German Restaurant owner Margaret Rzepcynski is planning to retire after nearly 40 years in the food business and is hoping someone will be willing to carry on her legacy of providing German and Bavarian cuisine to Tulsa.
 ??  ?? After 32 years as owner of Margaret’s German Restaurant, Margaret Rzepcynski plans to retire.
After 32 years as owner of Margaret’s German Restaurant, Margaret Rzepcynski plans to retire.

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