The Freddie’s Legacy

Freddie Joseph, founder of Freddie's Bar-B-Q and SteakhouseThe original owner of Freddie’s restaurant, Fred Joseph, started the business in the backroom of his grocery store in Drumright, Oklahoma. In 1962, the demand for his BBQ sandwiches became so great that Joseph closed the grocery store and remodeled it into a small restaurant.

In 1971, when Fred Joseph decided to retire, his nephew, Edmond “Tex” Slyman bought the business. Slyman, having completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Central State University and having been a ‘charter’ teacher in English, Counselor and Physical Education at the newly built Byrd Junior High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, together with his wife, Sherian,

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ventured out and expanded their education into the food, restaurant and catering world.

In 1978, after a devastating fire at the restaurant in Drumright, Slyman relocated Freddie’s on New Sapulpa Road in Creek County, where loyal guests from Tulsa, Drumright, Cushing and Stroud still drive for the same high quality, friendly family dining that they experienced in years past.

What began as a 65-seat restaurant has now expanded to a beautiful 250-seat dining facility with the same traditional Lebanese Hors D’oeuvres, steaks and BBQ.

In 1993, it increasingly became apparent that there was a lack of banquet and meeting facilities for the many organizations, reunions, civic meetings and social events in the area, and Slyman and his wife, Sherian, created a 9,000 square foot Event Center, next to their restaurant to accommodate the demand. Under the guiding hand of Sherian Slyman, Creative Catering by Sherian and the Event Center can provide everything necessary for holiday parties, wedding receptions, business meetings or any social gathering, whether for 25 people in an intimate setting in their home, to a picnic for 2,000 at one’s favorite park.

Slyman, who traces his Oklahoma roots back to 1889, when “Tex’s” great-Uncle came from Lebanon to settle in Bristow, and his wife, Sherian Wieberdink, whose family also has deep roots in Creek County, have strived to maintain a tradition that has been popular for over 40 years.

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