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By Steve Lackmeyer Published: February 6, 2008
The restaurant itself will seat 120.

"We're just a bunch of mismatched fools looking for a place to make this happen,” Sauve joked.

Rosati said the Gold Dome is an ideal location for a restaurant.

"It's a heavily traveled intersection and it's an incredible building,” Rosati said.

Sauve said he was inspired by restaurants in Dallas — Bob's Steak and Chop House, Nick & Sam's, and Javier's.

"It's really a level of service that we want to establish, so that we're offering more than just quality.”

Rick Pritchett, who represents the Gold Dome as a broker with Precor-Ruffin, said the restaurant represents the "last missing piece of the puzzle” for the property.

"The building itself is set up for very nice office and retail use,” Pritchett said. "to generate traffic, a nice restaurant and bar was the last thing we needed.”

Pritchett said the Gold Dome is about 93 percent leased, with only one space still available on the first floor. He said discussions will soon turn to the Gold Dome's former bank drive-through lanes.

"It might be scrapped — it's not historical,” Pritchett said. "Or there might be a small retail strip built there with the same architecture as the dome.”

Lam, who is preparing to host the Lunar Year Festival at the dome Saturday, said she looks forward to the restaurant bringing more visitors into the landmark that she saved from demolition.

"It's a great thing to have people be able to sit, watch and absorb it,” Lam said. "They can be in a great environment, shoot the breeze, maybe talk about what they see in the gallery.”

Michael Schely, left, and Richard Sauve are shown Tuesday inside the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City. BY STEVE LACKMEYER, THE OKLAHOMAN


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