Normally you don’t find honkytonks and great steaks under the same roof – not until now anyway. Leave it to Country legend Toby Keith to create a restaurant that offers great food and the best live music in Oklahoma City.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill celebrates its first anniversary on June 22nd. Located at 310 Johnny Bench Drive in Bricktown, the restaurant shares the name of Keith’s famous track, “I Love This Bar,” on his 2003 Album of the Year, Shock’N Y’all.
The Oklahoma native and Country Music Entertainer of the Year partnered with Hal Smith Restaurant Group to build the restaurant along the canal in lower Bricktown. Proprietor Ross Crain oversees the 12,000 square feet restaurant. With seating for 450 guests, the restaurant’s emphasis is on great food and live American music.
The one-of-a-kind décor includes over 100 items of Keith’s ownmemorabilia including clothing from his videos and various signed items. Ross Crain, proprietor for the Bricktown eatery, describes the one-of-kind décor. “We spent a considerable amount of time finding just the right pieces to convey the feeling of a good old-fashioned, kick back place. In addition to Toby’s pieces, we’ve included Ford pickup beds and converted them into benches and original murals from a local artist.” And it wouldn’t be a honky-tonk without a few steers horns mounted on the wall. With 12 flat screens mounted, 6 of which are located on the patio, live music is streamed throughout the venue.
Located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-40 in Bricktown, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will host live music all week long during their anniversary week.
“The live entertainment that comes through here will be all kinds of American music,” Keith said. “We’re at one of the major crossings in the United States - at I-40 and I-35 - so when touring acts come out of Nashville or L.A., or going north and south, we catch them right here.”
“The whole concept reflects my passion for Oklahoma and where everyone will feel comfortable,” said Toby Keith. “We're going to make sure that we have the best food in town, and I’m going to see to it.”
Everything on the menu has been taste-tested by Keith. The menu features Oklahoma comfort foods such as fried okra and chicken-fried steak, as well as prime rib sold by the once (8-ounce minimum), sandwiches, salads and the “Baddest Steaks on the Boulevard.” Desserts include homemade pies. One of restaurants signature drinks is the bright blue Cabo Wabo Margarita featuring rock singe Sammy Hagar’s tequila.
From rock, rhythm and blues to bluegrass and country, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, will offer a variety of music. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill hours are 3 - 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. After 10:00 p.m., guests must be 21 or older and are charged a $5 cover on evenings with live music.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is located at 310 Johnny Bench Drive,, in the historic Bricktown Entertainment District. Be sure to take a menu as a souvenir or buy a T-shirt or a bottle of the restaurants custom barbecue sauce. For more information call 405-231-0254.
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