Keith Paul says that he and wife Heather always had dreams of owning a restaurant. “The restaurant business is full of excitement and making guests happy puts smiles on our faces,” he explains. Here’s Keith’s guide to great eating with the restaurants that make up A Good Egg Dining Group.
The mission of A Good Egg Dining Group is to provide “extreme hospitality,” where that patrons “feel the love” in everything from the food to the people who serve it. “It is a part of our being,” Keith explains. “Everyone in our company lives it and breathes it. We genuinely care how we make people feel, from our guests, to each other, to our vendors and investors.”
Being Food People
Fantastic food and outstanding hospitality are an integral part of the experience at any of Good Egg’s seven metro-area restaurants. And being “food people” who love sharing good food with others, Keith says his restaurants strive to provide an unforgettable meal to fit a variety of tastes and budgets. “Our goal is to continue to provide outstanding food, hospitality and restaurants we can all be proud of,” he says.
Keith credits his staff as his greatest source of success. “Heather and I are most proud of our people,” he says. “Providing jobs for 400 people and watching them grow with our company is rewarding on a daily basis.” When asked what he hears most often in his restaurants, Keith’s reply is clear: “Without a doubt, it’s ‘you have the best people working with you,’ and I’ll take it!”
Food for Every Taste
When the Pauls set out on their first venture as restaurateurs, they had no idea that they would eventually own some of the most popular locally-owned restaurants in Oklahoma City. “Cheever’s was our first restaurant.,” Keith reminisces. “We had an opportunity to purchase the business and building 13 years ago. Really, it was a ‘right place at the right time’ kind of deal. We thought we had a few good ideas, so why couldn’t we make a living doing what we love to do?”
Since opening Cheevers in 2001, the Pauls have gone on to open Iron Starr BBQ, Red Primesteak, Republic Gastopub, Kitchen No. 324 and two locations of Tucker’s Onion Burgers. In addition, they also offer custom wedding and special event catering through Cheever’s Catering. “We are also slated to open a seafood restaurant late spring of this year,” Keith adds, bringing even more variety to Good Egg Dining Group’s table.
A Good Egg Dining Guide
Here are Keith’s recommendations for the best Good Egg Dining Group restaurants to suit every taste.
- Seeking a romantic date night to reconnect with your significant other? Keith recommends the contemporary comfort food you’ll find at Cheever’s Café (2409 N Hudson). “The one-of-a-kind, intimate atmosphere is hard to beat,” he says.
- Looking for a great steak? He says the experience at Red PrimeSteak (504 N. Broadway) is different than any other steakhouse experience in the state. The key he says is the custom rubs and crusts.
- Want to catch the game over dinner? Head to Republic Gastropub (5830 N. Classen) for a new take on the traditional sports bar. “We feel like we’ve done a good job raising the bar on pub food with gourmet burgers and more,” he explains.
- Seeking locally-sourced, fresh ingredients? Kitchen No. 324 (324 N. Robinson) will be right up your alley. The seasonally-inspired menu features hand-crafted breakfast, lunch and dinner options. “Don’t miss hand-brewed coffee and bakery,” Keith adds.
- Craving a burger that will knock your socks off? Look no further than the two locations of Tucker’s Onion Burgers (324 NW 23rd Street and 5740 N. Classen) for a truly “Oklahoma” spin on the onion burger, plus fresh-cut french fries and hand-spun shakes using local, premium ingredients.
- Or just looking for a special meal out for the whole family? Keith says Iron Starr BBQ (3700 N. Shartel) offers a full range of traditional smoked meats, plus salads, appetizers and deserts sure to please every member of your family.
For more information, visit www.goodeggdining.com. Happy dining!