Construction begins on Kevin Durant's restaurant

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: October 31, 2012

With a new NBA season just days away, Thunder star Kevin Durant joined restaurateur Hal Smith and developer Randy Hogan in marking the start of construction on his new Lower Bricktown eatery, KD's.

Smith, whose company owns the neighboring Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill, as well as Charleston's, Louie's and Red Rock Canyon Grill, praised Durant as the ideal partner to open an eatery.

“His mindset of giving back to the community is beyond words,” Smith said.

Durant is a 25 percent owner in the $5 million project — a stake that Smith said he hopes will draw the star as a frequent visitor.

“If we make money, he makes money,” Smith said. “And I asked him point-blank, ‘Are you going to be involved? Are you going to be at the restaurant?' And he said, ‘Absolutely, I'm going to hang there with my buddies.'”

Smith added the menu, a mix of steaks, seafood and southern comfort food, will all be personally tested by Durant.

Durant, who first confirmed plans for the restaurant in an interview with The Oklahoman last spring, said he saw the eatery as a chance to further promote Oklahoma City — a city he said he considers “home.”

“I've seen the city grow the last four to five years, and I thought this would be great way to add to that,” Durant said. “I've been to different NBA cities; I saw Amare Stoudemire's restaurant and I got a little jealous.”


by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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