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Charcoal Oven announces closure, metro couple reminisces fifty-year-old memory

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Charcoal Oven has been a metro staple for almost 60 years.

However, owner David Wilson announced Friday that the business will be closing its doors within the next month.

"It’ll be hard to walk out of here for the last time. But at 84 years old, I’m really looking forward to traveling. Customers were engaged here. They celebrated graduations here. Class reunions still make it a point to come here. It was wonderful to be part of," Wilson said.

And one Oklahoma couple shared their memories, fifty years in the making, with NewsChannel 4 outside of the iconic restaurant.

For Ken and Claudia, Charcoal Oven is a special place.

"1961 is when we started but I asked her to marry me in 1965....which makes this our 50th wedding anniversary," Ken said. "Right over there. I proposed to her on the side of there."

Back then Charcoal Oven was the place, serving up not only burgers and fries, but for this couple a lifetime of memories.

Claudia recalled her order the night of Ken's proposal, "A hamburger, fries, and a Dr Pepper and a cherry fried pie."

And while the building might be closing, they've got the memories, the engagement ring, and each other.