The restaurant is expect to open this winter though renovations on the upper floors of the Braniff Building, which will be used for SandRidge's operations, will continue through next year.
Renovations on the 10-story building began last year and are part of the ongoing SandRidge Commons redevelopment of the former headquarters of now defunct Kerr-McGee Corp. Over the past few months the original deep red color of the brick was re-exposed after gray paint was removed, and the west facade is being restored while a modern facade is being added to the former alley facade facing east.
The 75,584-square-foot building was built in 1923 by Thomas Braniff for his insurance agency and was later home to the airline he founded, Braniff Airways, until he moved operations to Dallas in the early 1940s. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dewey said the restaurant should be a good match for SandRidge's ambitions for the building.
“It's an artistic space,” Dewey said. “The building is a work of art, the space will be a work of art, and his food, if you think about it, with all their colors, will be a work of art.
“This is going to be a cornerstone piece of SandRidge Commons. ... All along we wanted to have a presence for all of downtown Oklahoma City, for the residents, for the workers, for the visitors to come down and enjoy.”