Kindred Spirits Culture + Cocktails, a conceptual manifestation and culturally relevant gathering place, will open in Northeast Oklahoma City (NEOKC) in March, in the East Point development located at 1726C NE 23rdStreet, on the corner of NE 23rd and Rhode Island Ave.
Kindred Spirits was born out of a desire to pay homage and highlight the story of the African American experience in Oklahoma from past to present, and also to uniquely serve the NEOKC community. The concept will feature a limited yet thoughtful food menu, full bar and curated audio and visual programming to highlight the current time, place and talents of Oklahoma City, while deliberately driving the furthered narrative of black history and African American culture in Oklahoma.
“There really aren’t many words to fully, accurately describe our excitement for this concept,” said managing partner Quintin Hughes. “It is our hope that Kindred Spirits will convey so much to so many people. From the name, to the location, to the timing and intentionality behind the menu and programming that will inherently bring folks from within walking distance and from across the highway, we’re proud to introduce this gathering place to OKC."
Kindred Spirits is the embodiment of an idea shared by native, socially conscious and attuned OKC residents. The name is inspired by the book, Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. The vision is layered with intersectionality of the black experience, from a post-slavery era of opportunity and pursuit, through Jim Crow laws and limitations, to today, and a landscape that’s been kept at the margins of the broader renaissance Oklahoma City has experienced over the last 20 years. Kindred Spirits will offer a space that’s inclusive, accessible and conveys a spirit of intentional placemaking essential to the resilient and convivial nature of the black experience - local, past and present.
The menu will highlight and celebrate the simple, fresh, unassumingly flavorful profile of African American cuisine. Despite its process, lack of resources, the or number of mouths to feed, black women have created space through nourishment since the beginning of time, with flavors passed down most often via oral tradition, with a story supporting most offerings.