At a glance
Rain delay hits
Lower Bricktown developer Randy Hogan jokes he may be to credit for the end to Oklahoma City's yearslong drought.
Construction began late last year on the latest addition — KD's — a restaurant being opened by the Hal Smith Group and Thunder star Kevin Durant. At the time of the October 2012 groundbreaking, Hogan estimated the restaurant would open by this fall.
After weeks of rain, however, Hogan is pushing the opening date to sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“The drought ended because we started construction,” Hogan joked Monday.
Smith, whose company owns the neighboring Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill, as well as Charleston's, Louie's and Red Rock Canyon Grill, is planning a restaurant that will feature a mix of steaks, seafood and Southern comfort food, which will be personally tested by Durant.
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 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. KD's will be overseen by Joe Jungman, who also runs the Paseo Grill, Sauced and the Hefner Grill.
The restaurant is a quick walk from the Chesapeake Energy Arena — and also a new home Durant recently purchased in Deep Deuce.
Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer