Iguana Mexican Grill to move during renovations

By Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman


Another day, another restaurant location closing — but this one isn't permanent.


Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 NW 9 Street, will close for two weeks to remodel the interior beginning Sunday and ending Feb. 7 when it reopens for lunch.


But even while it's closed Iguana will remain open — just a couple doors down.


In the meantime, Iguana will set up shop inside the former Hillbilly's Poboys at 1 NW 9 St., operating partner and chef Marc Dunham said. The temporary venue is smaller and seating will be limited. It will serve drinks, tacos and nachos along with chips, salsa and other pub grub. The temporary venue will open Monday and will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until Feb. 5.


Dunham said the bar area will be the main focus of the remodel.


“We are very excited to introduce a fresh new look to one of Oklahoma City's most iconic brands,” Dunham said. “We engaged some our most loyal and long-standing supporters in the conversation. With new colors, new seating arrangements and a newly designed bar, I am looking forward to a busy spring, especially the happy hour crowds.”


Dunham said the overall structure of the 3,000-square-foot historic building will remain the same, but guests can expect to see a new look from top to bottom. When the main restaurant reopens, it will have a new logo and staff will sport new attire.


In addition to interior and branding changes, Iguana management and kitchen staff collaborated on developing a new menu.


“We've introduced fresh ingredients,” said Dunham. “New menu options feature recipes from various regions of Mexico, and we have key staff members to ensure the authenticity of those recipes.”


Iguana opened originally as the Iguana Lounge on Western Avenue in the early 1990s, closed about 10 years later and reopened in Automobile Alley in 2008.