OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant preparing to open restaurant in Lower Bricktown

Thunder star Kevin Durant is preparing to open a restaurant in Lower Bricktown, just a short walk from the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The restaurant is being developed by Randy Hogan and will be operated by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group.
by Steve Lackmeyer and Darnell Mayberry Published: April 6, 2012
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Thunder star Kevin Durant is preparing to open a restaurant in Lower Bricktown, just a short walk from the Chesapeake Energy Arena where he is routinely greeted by a devoted fan base of 18,000.

The restaurant is being developed by Randy Hogan and will be operated by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group. A building permit filed this week shows the $700,000 restaurant will be one-story tall (similar to an adjoining building that is home to Earl's Rib Palace), 10,000 square feet, and will be located just west of Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill (also operated by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group).

The restaurant will overlook the Bricktown Canal. The project will still need approval by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority, which is set to meet on April 18.

“It's going to be cool,” Durant said Friday before the Thunder's game against the Indiana Pacers. “We're breaking ground, I think, on the 26th of April. So it should be up probably before the beginning of next season. I'm looking forward to it.”

Durant said the concept is a mix between an upscale restaurant and sports bar. The Hal Smith Restaurant Group also operates Louie's, Charlestons, Red Rock Canyon Grill and Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.

“It was a deal I couldn't pass up,” Durant said. “That's something in Oklahoma City that I always wanted to do … No matter what's going to happen, my name is going to be clear, and I'm not putting up money or nothing like that. So it was a perfect deal.”

Friday's box score: Pacers 103, Thunder 98

by Steve Lackmeyer
Reporter Sr.
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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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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