The Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO), in its second yearly contest, named Boomarang Diner Restaurant of the Year.

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO), in its second yearly contest, named Boomarang Diner Restaurant of the Year.

To be considered eligible for the contest, restaurants have to be committed to carry and use MIO Coalition products, as well as recipes, in their businesses.

Voting began for MIO Coalition Facebook fans in mid-February. Fans chose from a pool of Restaurant of the Month winners.

The number of fans voting for the 2015 Restaurant of the Year –– nearly 11,000 –– surpassed last year's participation.

Kerry Barrick, MIO marketing director, said that the increase in votes in the second poll shows the growth of the coalition.

“We saw a lot of collaboration on social media with the eligible restaurants this year,” said Barrick. “The continued collaboration between our partners, restaurants and members shows us that awareness of the Coalition is growing, which is one of our goals with the Restaurant of the Year contest.”

There are 43 of its 44 locations in Oklahoma –– two of which are in Shawnee. The single out-of-state Boomarang is in Van Buren, Arkansas.

Boomarang Diners are scattered all over the state, with no signs of slowing.

Boomarang Diner co-owner Steve Degraffenreid said next week Boomarang will open its newest location in Newcastle, as well as continue plans to add restaurants in Sulfur, Ardmore, Durant and El Reno.

He said that the Boomarang Diners have been using MIO products since the first day of business over 25 years ago.

“Since my father started Boomarang, we’ve always made it a point to use MIO products,” said Degraffenreid. “We currently use multiple manufacturers and several products from each of the manufacturers. If you order a chicken fried steak in our restaurants, know that it’s made here in Oklahoma. Using MIO products keeps business and money in our state.”

Boomarang received the award March 29 at MIO's annual reception at the Governor's Mansion.

Last year's winner –– the first contest –– was Cheever’s Café in Oklahoma City.

 

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