Matthew Kenney OKC, 5820 N Classen Blvd., has closed, ending an ambitious experiment introducing upscale raw food. The troubled restaurant opened as 105degrees in 2009 before changing to Matthew Kenney OKC in 2011.
Restaurant officials have said the space will reopen under Kenney’s direction in the spring as a new concept. No official word yet on whether the new concept will continue to spotlight raw food preparations. Here’s hoping whatever chef Kenney does with the Classen Curve space will resonate as his raw foods restaurant helped boost the culinary reputation of Oklahoma City.
About the time Kenney’s new concept opens, two of three founding partners of Big Truck Tacos and Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs will unveil their interpretation of barbecue. Partners Chris Lower and Kathryn Mathis promise Back Door Barbecue, 315 NW 23 St., will celebrate classic barbecue and elevate it in the same way Big Truck Tacos did the taqueria and Mutt’s did the hot dog stand.
Mathis has already been hard at work testing recipes for the menu, which she and Lower hope to unveil is in the next two months. You can keep up with updates on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The second half of the Taco Twins, Cally Johnson, is now executive chef at Cafe 501 Classen Curve. She maintains a stake in both BTT and Mutt’s.
The addition of Back Door Barbecue to Uptown further strengthens the position of the NW 23 Street corridor, which is anchored by Big Truck, Mutt’s, Tucker’s Onion Burgers, Cheever’s Cafe, the recently opened Pizza 23 and the Asian District.
Which new concept do you look forward to the most?