Three weeks after Kevin Durant’s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the All-Star forward’s Oklahoma-based restaurant Kd’s has closed, according to Brianna Bailey of The Oklahoman.
The restaurant, owned by the Hal Smith restaurant group, is set to reopen with a new theme shortly after Labor Day. After opening in 2012, the restaurant remained a popular eatery in Durant’s now-former home of Oklahoma.
“It has been an honor — and a lot of fun — to partner with Kevin Durant at Kd's these last few years,” Hal Smith, founder and CEO of the restaurant group said in a statement. “We wish him the very best as he takes a new direction in his career.”
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Following Durant’s announcement of him signing with the Golden State Warriors, customers took to Yelp to leave several nasty – if not entertaining – reviews of the restaurant. One review, left by Jordan C., said that as he was “getting ready to eat something great, it was taken away, thrown directly in the toilet, because it’s an easier route to the end goal,” obviously a shot at Durant’s decision to join a powerhouse Warriors squad as the Thunder were on the brink of championship contention.
According to records obtained by The Oklahoman from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the group filed applications to trademark at least three new names recently. The most recent application from July 12 shows The Legacy Grill as one of the possible names for the new restaurant.
Bailey noted that Durant said he had 25 percent ownership in the restaurant when it opened. At this time, it’s unclear if Durant will retain any ownership when the new restaurant opens.
"The concept will offer an updated atmosphere with a similar menu to what has been available at that location in the past," the restaurant group said in its announcement.