Construction is starting a few months later than expected, but site work is underway this week for the future KD’s, the restaurant to be opened and operated by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group and Thunder star Kevin Durant. When the project was first announced, it was expected to open by October (the start of the next NBA season) with construction spanning about one year. If the same schedule sticks, we’re likely looking at an opening in early 2014.
The $5 million, 10,000-square-foot restaurant will feature a walk-around bar, seating for 320 people, and private dining rooms. The Hal Smith Restaurant Group has enjoyed a long relationship with Lower Bricktown developer Randy Hogan that dates to the late 1990s opening of Red Rock Canyon Grill on Hogan’s East Wharf development on Lake Hefner. Hal Smith also owns and operates the still popular Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill just east of the future KD’s restaurant.
The following renderings show what the restaurant will look like once it’s completed: