Downtown's Oldest Bar & Grill Rebirth

The Library of Food & Spirits

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

by Clifton W. Grider

Downtown Oklahoma City's oldest surviving bar and grill, The Library, plans its rebirth, as Project 180 comes nearer to completion. The Library of Food & Spirits, originally in the tunnels near the Skirvin Hotel, and later relocated to the Perrine Building (later Cravens and now Robinson Renaissance, 119 N. Robinson) opened in 1989. Through construction obstacles, which included more than a year of closed roads and a closed front door on the Robinson Renaissance building, The Library continued to forge on with the completed Project 180 on the horizon. Despite the obstacles, The Library's local owners, Clifton & Kathy Grider, remained passionate about a welcoming and casual bar and grill atmosphere. A place described by out of town visitors as "the closest thing to Cheers I can find in Oklahoma City."

"While so many were complaining about construction, we simply knew that once complete, being in a location in the midst of this beautiful renovation would result in new business opportunities" stated Kathy.

"We have always wanted to own an all-American bar and grill with awesome burgers, flavorful steaks, cold brews and quality mixed drinks. It's a perfect fit for our Library to be in one of downtown's oldest buildings, because we strive to serve others the way it was done back in the good old days" commented Clifton.

Downtown employees have been clamoring to get in for lunch for years to enjoy homemade food, daily features and made from scratch desserts at an affordable price. Evening patrons enjoy an old-fashioned service from friendly staff in a casual atmosphere that keeps them there for hours. The tasty bar menu doesn't hurt either, ranging from homemade Jalapeño Chicken Bites to a $20 hand cut Rib Eye Steak dinner.

The upcoming rebirth features plenty of firsts for downtown's oldest bar and grill: a new look, new menu items, and new evening attractions including live music, open mike nights, karaoke and a mixology night, to mention just a few. Along with lunch and dinner, The Library also caters and hosts private and company parties for groups from 6-300 people.

If you haven't tried The Library, you've been missing one of downtown's staples for 22 years. From the friendly staff that remembers you, to the fresh, delicious food and drink, this is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered!

The Library of Food & Spirits is locally owned by husband and wife team Clifton and Kathy Grider, who also own The Nook, a breakfast and lunch venue located next to The Library, and Bricktown's newest nightclub, Frequency, which launched in July of 2012.

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"The Library of Food & Spirits –

Downtown's Oldest Bar & Grill"