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21c Museum Hotel to house Mary Eddy's Kitchen + Lounge

Walking through the imminent 21c Museum Hotel on the west edge of Film Row still requires a hard-hat, but details of what the boutique hotel has in store for the city are becoming available.

Before the hotel checks in its first guest in the former Fred Jones building, it's restaurant and bar will be open to the public. Named for Jones' wife, Mary Eddy’s Kitchen + Lounge will be the playground of executive chef Jason Campbell, who comes to the market from another 21c Museum Hotel restaurant, Metropole in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served as chef de cuisine.

Mary Eddy’s will showcase a seasonally driven menu founded on available local ingredients. Campbell promises bold flavors with an emphasis on shared dishes for the table, including wood-fired pizzas, lamb and pig roasted on the rotisserie.

Campbell is originally from Orlando, Fla., where he served as chef de cuisine at Cask and Larder and The Ravenous Pig prior to joining Metropole in 2014.

“The 21c family of restaurants has always been a great incubator for culinary talent,” said Sarah Robbins, chief hospitality officer for 21c Museum Hotels. “Jason Campbell will bring classic techniques and dynamic energy to Mary Eddy’s Kitchen + Lounge and, with its innovative menu, the restaurant will be a fun, engaging space for OKC residents and visitors alike.”

The wide-open kitchen at Mary Eddy’s will allow diners to engage with Campbell and crew while keeping a close eye on what goes in and out of the wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie and smoker.

Mary Eddy’s dedicated entrance on Main Street welcomes guests into the original historic Model T showroom space, which has been revamped into Mary Eddy’s bar and lounge. The historic terrazzo floor has been preserved and the space furnished with a variety of seating options.

Reclaimed pine coupled with steel accents were used to fabricate the bar and host stand. Moving into the dining room, a large dining bar offers an up close view of the rotisserie and pizza oven as well as the expansive steel windows and original columns, the historic elements that define the industrial character of the space.

The seasonal menu will rely humanely raised beef from the Oklahoma City stockyards and seasonal produce will be on display thanks to transparent walk-in refrigeration units.

 “It’s vital that we have respect for the ingredients we bring into our restaurant and honor the opportunity we have to create amazing food for our guests,” Campbell said. “That stems from us knowing our farmers, butchers, knowing where the ingredients came from and having a better connection to the food we prepare.”

The beverage program, developed by food and beverage director James Tortoreti, will highlight 21c’s Kentucky roots with an extensive bourbon list, an expansive wine list, seasonal craft cocktails and an assortment of craft beers. Tortoreti comes to 21c Oklahoma City from 21c Bentonville and The Hive restaurant. Tortoreti will also oversee banquets, catering and in-room dining services.

The hotel is in the historic Oklahoma City Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, 900 W Main St., originally built in 1916. As one of the plant’s first employees, Jones knew the place well. He worked his way up from production line worker to owner in 1968. He became one of the largest Ford dealers in the world. The restaurant is named after Jones’ wife, Mary Eddy Jones, a passionate traveler, art enthusiast, and humanitarian who strongly believed in giving back to the Oklahoma City community.

Guests can enjoy al fresco dining, with communal tables, a full service bar, and outdoor table tennis in the space originally used as the train shed where Model T kits were received and unloaded.

Like all 21c properties, Mary Eddy’s will feature both site specific art installations and rotating, curated exhibitions in keeping with 21c’s mission of showcasing dynamic, thought-provoking contemporary art.

For more information, click here or follow on Instagram @MaryEddysOKC.

For job opportunities, click here. You can visit the website to make reservations, which are being accepted despite no current official opening date. Officials project the hotel should open mid-summer, Mary Eddy's will open weeks ahead of the hotel.

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