Applewoods Restaurant, locally famous for its keep-them-coming apple fritters, has become North Fork Bar and Grill, offering all-you-can-eat apple fritters.
North Fork's new owners are five Oklahoma City restaurateurs, who have banded together -- with varying financial and managerial responsibilities -- to buy five other local restaurants, including Deep Fork Grill, in the last three years, owner Rhett Roberts said.
"I ate at Applewoods as a kid and I loved it, 'cause when the fritter disappeared, another one showed up," said Roberts, who also is North Fork's general manager.
Roberts said the restaurant group purchased Applewoods, 2747 W Memorial Road, after a local restaurant broker informed them the business was for sale. Roberts declined to talk about financial details of the sale.
Hugh Pedigo, North Fork manager, said the restaurant closed May 31 as Applewoods and reopened June 1 as North Fork.
"It's brutal, but it's more financially viable," Pedigo said. "You shut down for a week and that's $30,000."
Applewoods, which specialized in comfort food, opened near Reno and Meridian Avenue in 1978. It soon was one of the most popular restaurants in Oklahoma City, Pedigo said.
"It was definitely part of the world back then," he said.
In 2002, Stokely Hospitality Enterprises of Sevierville, Tenn., purchased Applewoods, partly because that company owned other restaurants serving apple fritters. Wendy Swanner, Stokely spokeswoman, confirmed Applewoods' recent sale but said she was not able to provide other information.