Chef and TV personality Guy Fieri will bestow a taste of his culinary magic at a resort that's a mere 95-mile drive from Dallas: Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar will open at the popular Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant, with a tentative date of April 2020, according to a release.
The restaurant will be located on the south end of the casino, with 277 seats, and a large outdoor patio and dining area with a view of The Oasis pool.
The menu is described as having bold flavors and unique twists on traditional dishes, with burgers, wings, tacos, small bites, and shareable food items.
Signature dishes include
- famous Trash Can Nachos, topped with pulled pork, that arrive in a bucket which they up-end at your table
- St. Louis-style ribs
- Bacon Mac-N-Cheese Burger
- Marbled Cheesecake with pretzels and potato chips
Other menu items include tempura-fried lobster "lollipops," hummus, Cajun chicken alfredo, and a vegan burrito with sweet potatoes, guacamole, and brown rice.
Between visits for his Food Network shows and other restaurants, Fieri is no stranger to the area.
"I've shot Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in Oklahoma and all over Texas and let me tell you, this part of the country knows good food," Fieri says in a statement. "In Durant, you've got some good folks looking for real deal, scratch-made food, great cocktails and a big-time party, and the Choctaw Casino & Resort brings the heat!"
The restaurant will be the first Kitchen + Bar in Oklahoma. Other locations are in Las Vegas, Branson, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, Connecticut Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and South Africa.
Choctaw's marketing director Bryan Prettyman says in a statement that the restaurant will fit with the resort's fun-driven vibe.
"We're always looking for unique and new experiences to offer our guests," Prettyman says. "“Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant has been providing guests with fun and excitement for decades and Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar will be a perfect addition."
Located in southeastern Oklahoma, Choctaw Casino & Resort–Durant is a three-level convention/entertainment venue with casino, bowling lanes, a 40-game arcade, and state-of-the-art movie theater.
In spring 2021, they'll be adding 1,000 new luxury hotel rooms, 3,400 additional slot machines, 34 tables in the new poker room, 40 table games, two new restaurants and movie theaters, and a three-acre swimming pool.