Tommy's Italian in Oklahoma City returns this spring

Mar 06, 2014 870

by Dave Cathey

The Independent Film Channel's hit show "Portlandia" surmises the 1990s are alive and well and living in the Pacific Northwest, but a new restaurant in far northwest Oklahoma City is betting the decade lives on in the 405 area code, too. While "Portlandia" is known for putting a bird on things, this new old concept will have a Byrd's name on it — Tommy Byrd, who confirmed he will reopen his successful 1990s concept Tommy's Italian-American Grill this spring.

Byrd, who was also founder of Bellini's Italian Restaurant and a former partner in Poblano Grill, opened the original Tommy's in 1992 in the Northpark Mall space Rococo's currently calls home. The longtime successful restaurateur has spent recent years as a partner in the Emerging Brands/Enduring Brands group but is now back to where he started as an independent operator.

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