There are lots of changes happening around Oklahoma City now that Kevin Durant has left town for sunnier shores. For instance, the price for his signature Thunder jerseys has been drastically reduced. But that’s not the only thing bearing his name that is set to undergo a major face-lift. A local restaurant named after the longtime OKC star is reportedly shutting its doors temporarily for a now-sorely-needed branding overhaul.
Oklahoma-based restaurant group Hal Smith Restaurants, which owns a majority stake in KD’s Southern Cuisine, formally announced the change in direction Monday.
“It has been an honor — and a lot of fun — to partner with Kevin at KD’s these last few years,” Hal Smith said in a statement. “We wish him the very best as he takes a new direction in his career.”
Smith said a new name will be announced in August, but that he planned to keep a majority of the menu, including “our famous fried chicken.”
It’s unclear exactly what kind of stake Durant still had in the restaurant, but it quickly became obvious that a name change would be necessary after numerous fans apparently flooded the restaurant’s Yelp page with angry reviews following Durant’s bombshell announcement that he was leaving the organization to sign with the Warriors in free agency earlier this month.
It appears as if those reviews have since been taken down, but the Washington Post managed to get some screengrabs for the sake of posterity.