A “New York style” barbershop will open alongside Kitchen No. 324 on the ground floor when the Braniff Building reopens this winter.
The Braniff Building at 324 N Robinson Ave. was empty for more than a quarter-century when it was acquired by SandRidge Energy and included in the company's SandRidge Commons headquarters development.
The Barber Salon, operated by Jamie Rush, previously operated in the troubled First National Center in a barbershop space that dated to 1931. She left First National as the property's owner faced sentencing for fraud in Nevada and questions swirled around whether it would end up in the control of a receiver.
Rush said The Barber Salon will be operated as a “New York style” barbershop providing men's haircuts and straight razor shaves.
“Our desire in the development of the Commons has been to welcome the public into this inviting space by increasing foot traffic and retail space at the pedestrian level around the Commons,” said Greg Dewey, vice president of communications and community relations at SandRidge. “We believe it is a great fit for this historic landmark. The Barber Salon has developed an extensive clientele, and we believe that the convenience of being at ground level will be attractive to both downtown employees and residents.”
Changes take shape
Renovations on the Braniff Building began last year. 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 designed by architect Andrew Solomon Layton. It 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.
The barbershop is set to open in January, and the restaurant will open in December. SandRidge employees will begin moving into the building's upper floors by next summer.
SandRidge previously said the remainder of the Braniff Building's first floor would be occupied by Kitchen No. 324, a bakery and restaurant to be operated seven days a week by Good Egg Dining Group. Rush said she also plans to be open Saturdays.
“We have a lot of clients that do business with SandRidge and other clients downtown on weekends who are staying in hotels and need services downtown,” Rush said. “It's a beautiful decor, it's very updated, and it should bring me a lot of ground-level clients I've not been exposed to before.”