Closing of a classic: Oklahoma City burger joint closing its doors after 58 years

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s been an iconic image along a busy expressway in Oklahoma City for more than 50 years.

However, the owner of a popular burger joint announced that the business will be closing its doors.

Charcoal Oven has been in business along Northwest Expressway since 1958, serving customers with charcoal grilled burgers for almost 60 years.

On Friday, the owner of the establishment told KFOR that its loyal fan base will have to find another go-to place within the next month.

“After 58 years in business, The Charcoal Oven has become like a member of our family. It was a trend setter when we opened it. My wife created our famous sauce. All of my children worked there. It’s difficult to think about saying goodbye- like I know it will be for many of our loyal customers. But after five decades, we are in discussions to sell the property. If all goes as planned, we’ll be closing in mid-September. 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,” David Wilson, the owner of Charcoal Oven, told KFOR in a statement. “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.”