Smith said he expects construction to last about a year, with an opening by October 2013. The 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 back to the late 1990s opening of Red Rock Canyon Grill on Hogan's East Wharf development on Lake Hefner.
The restaurant operator oversees about 50 restaurants in seven states with revenues topping $200 million annually. The new KD's will be overseen by Joe Jungman, who also runs the Paseo Grill, Sauced and the Hefner Grill.
Smith said menu prices will range between $8 and $30, with items including Durant favorites — chick satay, popcorn lobster, honey dipped fried chicken, center cut pork chops and shrimp jambalaya.
Smith admitted, a restaurant with Durant's name will quickly draw crowds, but he is dedicated to ensuring patron's will enjoy their total experience at KD's.
“With the name KD, they're going to come,” Smith said. “It will be our job to execute.”