Deep Deuce’s newest eatery, Urban Johnnie, pays homage to late Oklahoma City restaurateur Johnnie Haynes, who founded Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler.
Situated on the ground floor of the Level Deep Deuce Apartments at NE 2 and Walnut, the menu at Urban Johnnies includes Johnnie’s staples like the Theta burger — smothered in hickory sauce and shredded cheese — as well as entrees such as grilled salmon and flat iron steak, plus a full bar.
The inspiration for the restaurant’s decor came from a photograph of Johnnie Haynes that his granddaughter, Kortney Haynes, keeps on her coffee table.
Taken sometime in the 1970s, the photograph shows Johnnie Haynes looking sophisticated yet tough, wearing a white dress shirt, black vest, tie and fedora.
“He kind of resembles the look we were going for,” said Kortney Haynes, communications director for Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler. “When we were trying to think about the concept, we wanted to make a modern, urbanized Johnnie’s that would appeal to the modern business worker downtown.”
Johnnie Haynes began his long career in the restaurant business as a dish washer at Oklahoma City’s famed Split-T at NW 56 and Western Avenue, where he eventually worked his way up to manager. In 1971, Haynes left the Split-T to open the first Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler.
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