KD’s Southern Cuisine to rebound as Legacy Grill

By Molly M. Fleming

The Journal Record


OKLAHOMA CITY – Hal Smith said he’s not afraid to create another restaurant concept with a celebrity’s name on it.


But next time, he’ll make sure it’s someone who’s not going to move.


“We’ve been very successful with Toby Keith,” Smith told The Journal Record. “I can’t throw it all out. Since Toby is from Oklahoma, and he’s not going to leave Oklahoma, that one does bring a lot.”


He said jokingly maybe he could do a concept with Ada native and country singer Blake Shelton next.


While Keith and Shelton will always have Oklahoma roots, former Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant will not, despite what fans want to think. Smith didn’t immediately close the Bricktown restaurant after Durant’s July 4 announcement that he had signed with the Golden State Warriors. Smith waited a couple of weeks before he closed it July 25.


He is reopening the 9,000-square-foot space as Legacy Grill on Sept. 12. The venue will have about 220 pictures of Oklahoma legends, including sports figures, civic leaders and entertainers. He is working with the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on getting the photos.


Hall of Fame President and CEO Shannon Rich said the organization is honored to work with a legend in the food and beverage service.


“Anytime we can talk about Oklahomans and their contributions we are thrilled to get to highlight those,” she said.


She said many photos are in digital format, so the organization and Hal Smith Restaurant Group are working to get those ready to frame.


“They’re not just Hall of Fame portraits,” she said. “We’ve done books and biographies on many of these subjects. We have a lot of intriguing images that feature people in ways people may not be used to seeing them.”


Smith said he’s thought about an Oklahoma-centered concept for a while. And when KD’s closed, he finally had a place to make it a reality.


“My end goal is to make it the premier destination for the food of Oklahoma,” he said.


The menu will feature items similar to KD’s Southern Cuisine. The price point is similar to Smith’s Charleston’s restaurants.


“We’re trying to keep it as down-home as we can,” he said.


The hours will be similar to KD’s, offering dinner every night, lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays. Reservations will be taken as well.


When Legacy Grill opens next month, the space will have been closed for 45 days. Smith paid his employees for that time, which they used to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Central Oklahoma and Free to Live Animal Sanctuary.