New restaurant concepts planned for Downtown, surrounding area

 

Rick
and David Haynes are opening a sports bar concept in Deep Deuce
sometime in the late summer or early fall. The brothers are the
owners of Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler and West Restaurant.

Located
at N.E. Second and Oklahoma, the yet-to-be-named sports bar will be
in the Level Apartments business complex. Rick Haynes says the
concept will bear the Johnnie’s name as part of the name, but no
final decision has been made yet.

We
will have Johnnie’s burgers,” Rick Haynes says, “but we’ll
also have some high-quality sports-bar fare, things that aren’t on
the Johnnie’s menu.”

The
concept will have a full-service bar, several televisions, a patio
with grills and a mezzanine level for private parties. The facility
is 4,000 square feet, including the mezzanine. It also will feature
garage parking with direct access to the restaurant for guests.

Also
in Deep Deuce, and right across the street, two other sports grills
will be located inside the new aLoft Hotel at the corner of N.E.
Second and Walnut Avenue. WXYZ and 2nd on 2nd will focus on healthy
comfort food, burgers, soups and salads.

Owner
Jim Thompson says aLoft will have a 7,500-square-foot meeting and
banquet space for catering, as well. In addition, a
3,750-square-foot, ground-floor space is available for lease to an
independent restaurateur. The hotel is scheduled to be open in late
August or September.

Moving
a little northwest, Packard’s New American Kitchen is now open at
201 N.W. 10th, Ste. 100., inside the Packard Building. The restaurant
features chef-inspired American cuisine, a full bar and seating for
approximately 130. 

The
restaurant also boasts a rooftop bar, The Tin Roof, which opened last
year for private events. Company spokesperson Stephanie Ewing says
The Tin Roof will continue to be available for private events, but it
also will be accessible to guests of the restaurant when it is not
reserved.

And
a little farther northwest, a new-construction restaurant is almost
ready to open. Guernsey Park is located just off N.W. 23rd behind
Cuppies & Joe at 2418 N. Guernsey Ave. Vuong Nguyen, a graduate
of Chef Kurt Fleischfresser’s apprenticeship program at The Coach
House, will be the executive chef and partner. The restaurant is
owned by Four Fathers LLC, and the partners include Nguyen, Marvin
Tharasena, Truong Le and Nam Nguyen.

Vuong
Nguyen says the menu will be “Asian-inspired” but won’t be
limited to Asian food.

–Greg Horton

(Editors note: Read about more restaurants
moving into the metro in the May issue of okcBIZ.)

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