Mahogany Prime Steak House, an upscale restaurant owned and operated by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, is set to open in early 2015 at Century Center as it reopens as the home of The Oklahoma Publishing Company.
The downtown restaurant at 100 W Main would be the chain’s second location in Oklahoma City. Mahogany restaurants also are located in Tulsa and Omaha.
“We had a lot of national tenants interested in the Century Center,” said Andy Burnett, a partner in 100 Main LLC. “We chose the Hal Smith Restaurant Group because I believe Hal’s one of the best restaurant operators in the country. His restaurants do very well in our market.”
Century Center, originally developed as a retail mall in the 1970s, has been mostly vacant for a quarter century. The tilt-up concrete facade was removed last month and is soon to be replaced by a modern glass facade that will encourage interaction between OPUBCO, the anchor tenant, and downtown visitors.
“We still have 3,700 square feet available on the northwest corner and another 10,000 square feet available on the second floor,” Burnett said. “We’re not in a hurry on leasing those spaces. When we find a tenant that’ll be a good fit for downtown Oklahoma City, we’ll sign a lease.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article included an incorrect date for the opening. (This story has been corrected.)