Hogan gets thumbs up from urban renewal for restaurant building

Rendering of proposed restaurant in Lower Bricktown


Hogan and his architect, Jason Wint with REES, presented a
new design that takes away about 1,000-square-feet in favor of a wider walkway
with a glass curtain wall on the building and a cantilevered roof. The new
design calls for a 10,000-square-foot, single-tenant building, rather than the
originally proposed multi-tenant building.
It will sit between Toby Keith’s and Earl’s Rib Palace. Hogan said
the Durant restaurant will now be the only tenant.

“By shrinking the building down a little bit, and with the
entry where it is, it just made a lot more sense to have one tenant,” Hogan

Last month, OCURA Chairman Larry Nichols pointed out his
dislike of the walkway, which he described as a canyon with 17-foot-high walls
and no windows. He was pleased with the revised version that included LED
lighting, and landscaping along the path between the parking lot and the canal.

“I’m impressed with what you’ve done,” he said.

Hogan said he hopes to break ground on the project in the
next 30-45 days. Construction should take about eight to nine months. Although Durant has
been named as a part of the project, Hogan said an operating agreement must be
signed, followed by a lease before he can make an official announcement.

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