OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma actor playing in Rockford Files, an era when our state saw a huge oil boom and a particular Burt Reynolds photo from a 70s magazine all inspired the new Rockford Cocktail Den in the Uptown 23rd district.
"It was a really sexy type of swagger, but playful era I felt like," Anna Mains, owner of Rockford said.
The location may look familiar to some. It was the popular Grandad's Bar until they shut down in May.
"It served a particular niche for people who love live music. But then, when the live music starts, sometimes people who want to have a conversation tend to leave," Mains said.
Now former owner Kyle Sweet has teamed up with new partners Anna and Drew Mains to take on the 70s.
"Doing a lot of research as far as what drinks were popular in that era and then how could we take that and make them kind of better," Mains said.
A new twist to the Long Island Iced Tea, a drink inspired by the Pink Lady and a frozen coffee cocktail will all be featured at the cocktail den.
One of the distinct features at Rockford is the furniture.
Each piece was handpicked from around the country.
"We kind of started scouring Craigslist and vintage flea markets for all of our furniture, which is funny because of course as we have this idea, this furniture is really popular for people in their homes now, so you really have to look for good deals," Mains said.
Sweet was asked to sell the bar, but he saw the area booming and wanted to cash in.
"I think it's going to be perfect for this area because with the restaurant scenes that are opening up, people want to have a cocktail before they go to dinner or after,” Sweet said.
They're hoping the swanky vibe will attract customers from any decade to come in for an adult beverage and bar snack.
Rockford Cocktail Den will open next Friday at 8 p.m.