Chamber, the restaurant in the 2-month-old Tulsa Club Hotel, is taking reservations for its grand opening Saturday, June 22.
The restaurant is the last big piece of the $36 million renovation of the revered Tulsa Club building that became the centerpiece of big oil and polite society after it opened in 1927.
The Chamber of Commerce occupied the first five floors of the building until 1952.
“That’s where the name of the restaurant comes from,” said Chad Horvath, hotel general manager. “The bar in the lobby is called Commerce.”
Chelsea Hill, general manager of Chamber and Commerce; Clint Walker, assistant general manager; Jacque Siegfried, executive chef; Kimberly Honea, vice president of sales and marketing, and Horvath provided an early look at the restaurant Friday morning.
Tables have not arrived yet, but it is apparent the Chamber will be nicely appointed with rows of booths and banquettes, in addition to a stunning bar area. The room, like the remainder of the hotel, draws from its Art Deco past.
Siegfried and the Chamber team have put together a menu that Horvath describes as “American contemporary.”
“Brunch is a big thing these days, and we will have brunch seven days a week,” he said.
Brunch will be served from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sunday hours will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The brunch and dinner menus will offer some 20 dishes each, plus sides and desserts.
Among the highlights on the brunch menu are the Benedict Goff, a crab meat benny that gives a nod to the building’s original architect, Bruce Goff; hanger steak and eggs, bread pudding French toast, avocado toast with cherry balsamic gastrique and ricotta hotcakes.
Brunch items are $7 to $18, and most fall in the $10 to $15 range.
Dinner entrée prices, reasonable for a boutique hotel, include six in the $20 range, one in the $30 range and two in the $40 range.
Entrees include such choices as seared local filet mignon, grilled lobster tail, seared Scottish salmon, roasted aubergine, ahi tuna salad and coffee-crusted tomahawk pork chop.
“Some of the dishes are based on recipes we got from the records of Ruth McAfee and from past presidents of the Tulsa Club,” Honea said.
McAfee, who died in 2006 at age 91, was a renowned figure at the club for two decades, when she served as the club’s first social director, beginning in the 1960s.
Hill said Chamber also will stage what it is calling Sunday School Brunch on the last Sunday of each month.
“It will be aimed more toward the millennial crowd,” she said. “It will be more upbeat, and we will have more modern music. We also plan to have a DJ, beginning at 11 a.m.”
Diners can wind their way from the lobby and Commerce bar on the west side of the building to the restaurant or use a dedicated entrance on the east side of the building near Cincinnati Avenue.
The Tulsa Club building was closed and abandoned in 1994. It suffered three fires and damage from weather and the vandals who found their way inside.
The outlook for the building looked grave until two Tulsa companies — the Ross Group and Promise Hotels — teamed to buy it. The Tulsa Club Hotel operates under Hilton’s Curio Collection brand.
“The hotel has been doing well, and the ninth-floor ballroom has been consistently booked for weddings and special occasions,” Horvath said. “We’re excited about getting the restaurant open, too.”
Reservations may be made by calling 918-582-5722 or going through opentable.com.
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