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Colcord Hotel and Flint, Vast restaurants in Oklahoma City get new operators

Changes could be coming at Vast, the upscale restaurant on the 49th and 50th floors of Devon Energy Center.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014

Paul Coury is returning as operator of the Colcord Hotel and is teaming up with Kurt Fleischfresser, chef and owner of The Coach House, who will oversee restaurant operations at the hotel’s Flint restaurant and at Vast, near the top of Devon Energy Center.

Coury is no stranger to the Colcord — he bought the century-old office building and redeveloped it into a boutique hotel in 2006.

He also owns the Ambassador Hotel in Midtown and other hotels in Tulsa, Wichita, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

Coury sold the hotel to Devon Energy as the company began construction on its new corporate headquarters to the west of the Colcord, but both sides left open the possibility of Coury resuming operations at a later time.

Four-diamond status

Fleischfresser, meanwhile, enjoys a four-diamond status as owner of The Coach House and also owns Sushi Neko, Irma’s Burger Shack and Will Rogers Theater.

Klay Kimker, vice president of administration of Devon Energy, said Fleischfresser and Coury were approached about taking over operations following an in-depth look at the hotel and restaurants by Los Angeles-based Bill Howell Advisories.

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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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