Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Culinary Quartet: Thompson Adds 624 Kitchen in Tulsa to Provide Event Space

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Culinary Quartet: Thompson Adds 624 Kitchen in Tulsa to Provide Event Space

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Justin Thompson Restaurants will complete its portfolio with the June 1 opening of its fourth downtown Tulsa location, the 4,000- square-foot 624 Kitchen and Catering.

"This actually solves a problem that we've had since we opened Juniper," said chef and owner Justin Thompson, noting the 2011 launch of his first independent restaurant at Third Street and Elgin Avenue. Sometimes, he doesn't have enough space.

"I've done plenty of large caterings in my career, up to 500 people for a plated diner," said the 34-year-old entrepreneur, an 18- year veteran of the restaurant sector. "Me and my team have the experience to do large parties, but I've never wanted to close the restaurant on any given night for a private function. I think that gives a bad impression."

This launch will give Thompson several different options for hosting parties, corporate meetings, weddings or other catering needs. Its Art Deco main room will seat 140, while a side conference room formed from the 89-year-old Oklahoma Natural Gas Building's first-floor atrium will accommodate 40 to 50.

Situated between several of Tulsa's largest churches at 624 S. Boston Ave., it also allows Thompson to provide a service he said downtown was missing - Sunday brunch.

The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. buffet, the only traditional restaurant option Thompson will offer at 624 Kitchen, will tout chef-manned stations serving everything from waffles and eggs to sliced meat selections. Salads, pastries and other breakfast offerings will round out the line.

"You know, your traditional awesome brunch," he said.

Prices will range from $23.95 for adults to $12.95 for children ages 7 to 12. Those 6 and under eat free.

Thompson's first catered party will come June 11.

"We already have several parties booked for various dinners," he said, estimating advance reservations at 15 to 20.

Prices vary depending on need.

"It seems like on a weekly basis we can't accommodate a party of 20 or 30 or more because we don't have the space in the restaurants," he said. "Now we will."

Thompson targeted $1 million in first-year revenue for 624 Kitchen and Catering.

"I hope in the second year to hit maybe a million-and-a-half to $2 million sales," he said. …

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