‘Friends on the Move’ settle down in historic Choctaw building
By Van Mitchell
Patrick Morris grew up around the kitchen, and dreamed of one day having his own brick and mortar restaurant.
This summer, his dream was realized when he moved his Amici in Movimento (Friends on the Move) business into the former Old Germany restaurant building located at 15920 SE 29th Street in Choctaw.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“We have been open for almost two months,” he said. “People are really excited to have the building back open again. The community really needs this kind of restaurant where you can bring your family, and sit down and have a great meal.”
Amici in Movimento offers hot and cold scratch made sandwiches, pastas and signature Italian cream sodas.
“We custom fabricate our own meats which means that all of our products are made by me,” Morris said. “You are always going to get a great product the way you like it. We are in the process of adding new things and changing things to the menu. We are going to add more entrée items.”
Morris and his partner Kristen Brice and her mother Paula have been building a reputation in Choctaw the last few years with their Amici in Movimento food truck business located at the Caboose on 23rd and Henney.
Morris said they will no longer be operating their food truck operation.
“We don’t have the staff to run the food truck and the restaurant at the same time,” he said. “We make more money in a week than we did in a month with the food truck. The to-go business has been really nice.”
Morris said he learned from his dad about the culinary world.
“I am a second-generation chef,” he said. “My father was a chef before me, so I grew up in kitchens all across the country. In the summertime I would spend time in the kitchen learning to cook from there.”
Morris said while the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a number of restaurants to shutter its doors, it has allowed him to take his time in opening.
“It actually has given us some opportunities,” he said. “We didn’t have to be as set up and ready to go as we would have had to have been had we opened up without COVID. It allowed us to keep a smaller staff, and open up slowly. It is also helping us keep the business from getting out of hand while we train people.”
For more information call (405) 816-3695.