Restaurant round-up

Hal Smith Restaurant Group purchased land in Bricktown from Randy Hogan to build KD’s Southern Cuisine. The property, adjacent to Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill, eventually will feature Kevin Durant’s 10,000-square-foot, upscale, Southern dining concept.

Joe Jungmann, co-owner of Paseo Grill and Sauced on Paseo, is heading up the project for HSRG. He says the company recently hired Greg Berthelot to serve as KD’s general manager. Berthelot previously worked for Cheddar’s and On the Border in various capacities, including manager. KD’s is expected to open in late October.

HSRG also is bringing Wes Welker’s Sports Bar & Grill to the old Carrabba’s building, 3121 W. Memorial. Welker, a Tulsa native and NFL standout receiver, will be in the metro in June for the grand opening.

Jungmann says the menu for
Wes Welker’s will be upscale bar food that includes some chef-driven
items from executive chef Melodie Walker, formerly a Platt College
instructor.

Deep Deuce

Rick
and David Haynes will open a sports bar in Deep Deuce by 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 brand as part of the name, but no final decision has
been made.

“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 direct-access garage
parking.

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 the hotel also will have a 7,500-square-foot meeting
and banquet space for catering. Additionally, a 3,750-square-foot,
ground-floor space is available for lease to an independent
restaurateur. The hotel is scheduled to open in late August or
September.

Downtown

Good Egg Dining Group’s Kitchen 324 opened last year, offering a
high-quality breakfast or lunch choice seven days a week. Other local
businesses have taken note of the increased traffic Downtown and are
making similar moves.

Cafe
7 opened a location in the First National Center on Aug. 9 last year.
In March, principal partners Paul Sorrentino, J. Mays and Chris Kana
announced that the Downtown store will partner with Starbucks beginning
in May. The bistro will offer a variety of hot and cold breakfast items
and full-counter service for Starbucks signature coffees and beverages
from 7 to 10:30 a.m., when the menu switches to lunch until 2:30 p.m.

Mays says the group has been talking about breakfast for the store for several months, and the partnership with Starbucks made the decision to expand hours much easier.

“We
are excited to bring Starbucks’ fantastic products to Downtown,” he
says. “Right now, we’re focused on developing a menu that reflects our
same commitment to fast service and high-quality food.”

Old
School Bagel Cafe also will begin offering breakfast Downtown sometime
in May. The location on the northwest corner of Leadership Square will
be the company’s seventh store in the state. Partners Wayne Hanson,
Danny Cowan and Kyle Tapp are negotiating with facility management to
determine operating hours, as the building does not open until 8 a.m.

“We are hoping to open at 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m. and close at 3 p.m.,” Hanson says, “but we’re still working out the details.”

The
menu will be nearly identical to the other locations, but general
manager Justin Diez has some freedom to add items tailored to the
Downtown demographic.

Old
School Bagel Cafe offers breakfast and lunch at all its locations.
Hanson says days of operation would be weekdays initially, but Saturday
is a possibility.

Midtown

Interurban
has been in the metro since 1976, when founders Robert Ross and Rusty
Loeffler opened their first location in Norman. Their latest concept,
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 has 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 also will be
accessible to restaurant guests when it is not reserved.

N.W. 23rd Renaissance

Another
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 serve as 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.

“I
might use techniques, flavors, plating styles and other things I
learned at Coach House, from peers and through independent reading to
create food that I would like to eat,” he says.

Guernsey
Park will contain three separate dining areas: a full-service bar with
cocktail lounge, a sushi bar downstairs and a full-service dining room
on the mezzanine level.

The soft opening was in late April, with a grand opening in May.

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