Legal squabble delays Knotty Pine opening
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10/27/12 at 8:12 AM
The opening of the new Knotty Pine Barbecue restaurant in Broken Arrow, previously scheduled for last weekend, has been delayed due to a legal dispute.
The court suit involves former partners of Fish Tales Grill, the previous occupant at 1424 W. Kenosha St., as well as the franchisees of Knotty Pine LLC and the landlord, concerning the lease agreement and some kitchen equipment, according to court documents.
A request for a restraining order by the plaintiff was denied Tuesday, seemingly clearing the way for the restaurant to open when all of its operating licenses are in hand.
In a separate court case, Knotty Pine LLC has filed a claim against a former proposed franchisee concerning a restaurant location at 6161 S. 33rd West Ave.
A statement on the Knotty Pine Facebook page says both locations are expected to open soon.
The Woodard family founded Knotty Pine in the early 1950s at 3301 W. Fifth St. That building was destroyed by fire in August 2010.
David Woodard, grandson of the founder, has spearheaded the attempts to revive Knotty Pine in new locations.
Original Print Headline: Knotty Pine opening delayed
A legal dispute has delayed the opening of the Knotty Pine Barbecue in Broken Arrow. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World file