Louie’s Grill and Bar to open this month
By Jeff Harrison
The wait for Louie’s Grill and Bar is almost over.
The local restaurant chain plans to open their new Midwest City location on June 15. Louie’s Grill and Bar will be located at 6007 SE 15th Street, inside the Sooner Rose Shopping Center.
The new restaurant will be in the former Mojo Sports building. The building was recently renovated for the restaurant on the north end. Additional commercial space is open on the south end.
The 4,500 square-foot restaurant will include a full bar and dining area with seating for about 150 people. The menu includes burgers, pizza, wings, wraps, fish, tacos and drinks.
Crews started work on the inside of the building late last year. It was scheduled to open in March, but plans were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hal Smith Restaurant Group, which owns Louie’s Grill and Bar, closed all its restaurants for about 2 months due to the virus.
“We were finished and just sat empty for a bit here,” said Melissa Bradley, area partner for Hal Smith Restaurant Group.
Hal Smith reopened the restaurants last month with sanitation and social distancing procedures and greater focus on carryout service. Bradley said the curbside service has doubled and tripled at some locations. The company also plans to offer online ordering soon.
Those plans will continue when the Midwest City restaurant opens.
“We’ll be under the same increased guidelines as our other stores,” Bradley said.
The Midwest City restaurant will employ about 45 people. Bradley said they are looking for servers, and high school students to help with curbside service. Servers must be 18 years old and carry-out employees must be 16.
“We’re still looking for more people. We hope to begin training on June 8 and open June 15,” Bradley said.
Bradley said they have been looking to expand in Mid-Del and liked the new development near SE 15th St. and Sooner Rd.
“The whole growth in this area with the theater and restaurants is exciting,” she said.
It will be the 15th Louie’s Grill and Bar. The company has locations across the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metros and Stillwater.
The Hal Smith restaurant group operates other popular Oklahoma restaurants including Charleston’s Restaurant, The Garage Burgers and Beer, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, Red Rock Canyon Grill and Mama Roja.