The Ellison Hotel in Oklahoma City presents the Milo Restaurant

Fans of chef Josh Valentine will taste his new menu before Thanksgiving, but barely.

Milo, the signature restaurant at the new Ellison Hotel, has the chance to set new standards, according to a member of his team of owners.

“I have been in the hospitality business for 45 years and I have never seen a more talented team than the one we have with Josh [Valentine, Joseph (Royer), Michael (O’Hara) and Chris Lower]”said Robert E. Slater outside the hotel on Friday.

Preview services at Milo are expected to begin next week, which would allow the restaurant to open on November 22 if all goes well, Slater said.

Milo is named after the milo grain sorghum, which originated in Oklahoma. Local ingredients always play a role in Valentine’s Day menus. Look for flavors inspired by fields and streams, as well as local farms.

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Blending French cooking techniques with her distinctive Oklahoma perspective, Valentine earned the nickname “Chef Porkbelly” for her love of premium pork.

Chef Joseph Royer, owner of Saturn Grill and as Valentine graduate of the Coach House Apprenticeship Program, is also part of the culinary team as a consultant.

Lower (The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro, Big Truck Tacos, Pizzeria Gusto) was hired by Slater from the start to build his super team, which also includes O’Hara, as Food and Beverage Manager. O’Hara comes to Milo and The Ellison from Vast.

When the restaurant officially opens, it will offer full service to customers, including a rooftop bar.

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