OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s official: an iconic restaurant along a busy expressway in Oklahoma City has served its last customer.
Last month, the owner of Charcoal Oven told NewsChannel 4 that the popular burger joint would be closing its doors after more than 50 years.
Charcoal Oven has been in business along Northwest Expressway since 1958, serving customers with charcoal grilled burgers for almost 60 years.
“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.”
On Sunday, the restaurant turned off its sign for the very last time and customers took advantage of the chance to enjoy one final meal.
On Monday, G&S Signs removed the iconic sign from NW Expressway. However, they say it will not be destroyed but will be held until the owner decides on its final home.
Closed for good last night, today iconic Charcoal Oven sign coming down. pic.twitter.com/e6r6LySmFa
— OKCTalk.com (@OKCTalk) September 12, 2016
We are full of gratitude for the greatest, finest, most loyal customers ever. Words aren't adequate but THANK YOU. We'll see you soon.
— Charcoal Oven (@CharcoalOven) September 12, 2016