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Bakery, bistro to open as first tenant in renovated Braniff Building in Oklahoma City

SandRidge Energy and Good Egg Dining Group are teaming up to open a bakery and bistro that will be open seven days a week and will be the “cornerstone” tenant of a renovated Braniff Building.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: May 19, 2012

SandRidge Energy and Good Egg Dining Group are teaming up to open a bakery and bistro that will be operate seven days a week and will be the “cornerstone” tenant of a renovated Braniff Building.

Keith Paul, whose company also operates Tuckers, Cheever's Café and Red Prime Steakhouse, said the restaurant and bakery — Kitchen No. 324 — will be a 3,000-square-foot cafe, bakery and coffee shop open breakfast through late afternoon daily.

Touring the building this week, Paul noted it boasts almost unrivaled storefront window openings fronting Robinson and Dean A. McGee avenues. Ornate plaster ceiling accents and other historic features of the building will be combined with more modern finishes.

“If we could have the space look as close to what it did originally, that will make us very happy,” Paul said. “You'll see a little bit of modern and a little bit of vintage. It will be a great look.”

With the uniqueness of the space, the growth of SandRidge's workforce, and planned renovations of the former downtown library into housing across the street, Keith said he was eager to pitch his proposal to SandRidge Energy.

It was a pitch that was embraced by the company, with executives already familiar with Paul's other restaurants.

“The vision for SandRidge Commons is to create a shared space that can be enjoyed by all, with green space, retail and now this restaurant,” said Greg Dewey, vice president of communications at SandRidge. “We trust the Commons and Kitchen No. 324 will add to the momentum and activity in downtown Oklahoma City.”

The restaurant's name is based on the building's address, 324 N Robinson Ave., and also is a nod to Paul's plans to feature an “open kitchen.”

“It will be just like you're in your kitchen at home or your friend's kitchen,” Paul said.

Kitchen No. 324's menu will feature fresh baked goods, pastries, desserts, fresh fruit and vegetable juices and gourmet doughnuts, along with lunch fare, including handmade sandwiches, house-cured meats and colorful salads. The restaurant also will feature a coffee bar with local, artisan coffees.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
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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