After more than 30 years of serving signature burgers in Rogers County, Goldie’s Patio Grill in Claremore has closed its doors.
The family-owned restaurant chain closed its Claremore restaurant on Sunday night after the decision was made not to renew the lease of its location along SH66, according to a Goldie’s spokesperson.
“We’ve been in Claremore since 1986 — this was a very difficult decision for us,” said Steve Crow, grandson of Goldie’s founder, Goldie Crow, and business co-owner. “Our other locations are still open, but for now, we won’t be operating a restaurant in Claremore.”
Goldie’s first location in Claremore was in Ne-Mar Center along Will Rogers Boulevard, but it relocated nearly ten years ago to its current location in The Market along State Highway 66, where it has operated until last Sunday.
Crow said the 18 employees, all of them part-time, were given the option to work at other Goldie’s locations, many of which have already been transferred to the Broken Arrow, Owasso, and Tulsa restaurants.
Despite the Claremore restaurant’s closure, Crow said discussions are already underway to potentially find another location in the city to re-open the restaurant in the future.
“We love Claremore — it’s people have been very good to us, very faithful,” he said. “We’re already looking to see what may be available (in Claremore) for a possible restaurant in the future. If possible, we would like to be more centralized — closer to the city, in a more visible space, but much of this depends on the location and its availability. We want to find something that makes sense for us and our customers — we want to find the perfect site. We’ll have to see what happens.
“We’re a 55-year-old company, still locally-owned, and locally-operated, and we still have restaurants near Claremore, so we would hope that any time Claremore or Rogers County residents are out of town, that they come visit us,” he said. “Again, this was a very tough decision to make, but we hope to have a presence in Claremore again some time in the future.”
Goldie’s Patio Grill was founded in 1962 by Goldie Crow, who bought the six-table restaurant at which she was a waitress — Tommy’s Patio Grill at 51st and Lewis Ave. in Tulsa — for $3,000 and, with her husband, Bill, started the chain which now includes restaurants in Owasso, Broken Arrow, Pryor, Bartlesville, and Tulsa.