It’s well documented that Kevin Durant has left the building in Oklahoma City and will playing his next gig in Oakland, California. But, the real question is what was going to happen to the former Thunder forward’s “KD’s” restaurant near Chesapeake Energy Arena?
So, maybe that’s not the really pressing question. But, it still needed answering and today we have it.
On July 25, Hal Smith Restaurant Group announced that the superstar’s self-titled establishment would be closing its doors and re-opening after Labor Day with a new theme. On Tuesday, it opened with a new name: “Legacy Grill”.
Smith wants people to know that while the menu won’t be exactly the same, the core of the dishes will remain similar to what was previously offered at KD’s. The re-brand will also center on famous Oklahomans and their contributions in many different areas.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is loaning some memorabilia to the newly christened grill. These piece are meant to inspire a sense of civic pride among patrons and celebrate the legacy of the state.
The Hall of Fame’s CEO offered this in a statement: “We think it will help bring a unique aspect to the dining experience and hopefully guests will learn something fun while being inspired by Oklahoma’s best and brightest along the way.”
While the new ownership wished the 27-year-old luck in his new career paths, there is no doubt a bit of sly rhetoric at play in the re-branding. All this focus on Oklahoma in the theme and decor makes it look like the breakup is still very real for Thunder fans.
That is understandable. Losing a superstar is never easy, especially to a team that fans considered a rival as recently as last year. This time, payback is being served up on a grill.