NBA Legend Kevin Johnson Opens Soul Food Restaurant in Tulsa
KTUL - June 9, 2023 6:32 am
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — On May 31, there was a private ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Tulsa soul food restaurant, Fixins Soul Kitchen, owned by NBA legend and former Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson.
Fixins Soul Kitchen is located in the Greenwood District and offers traditional food and experiences with a modern vibe.
It has also opened up 85 new jobs for the Tulsa Community.
The restaurant originally began in Sacramento, but Johnson wanted to bring the comfort of soul food to the heart of the Greenwood District.
The menu is inspired by Johnson’s grandmother’s recipes and the best soul food restaurants Johnson has come across while traveling across the country for the NBA.
NBA Legend Kevin Johnson in Tulsa at Fixins Kitchen (KTUL)
This Fixins location is especially meaningful to Johnson because it is where his grandfather and grandmother are from. The restaurant’s placement in the once affluent African American community of Black Wall Street represents another stride in reclaiming the culture and history that was lost in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre 102 years ago.
Along with Kevin Johnson, several others were present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony such as Mayor of Tulsa GT Bynum, 90s MTV Video Jockey Ananda Lewis, Pastor Ray Owens of Metropolitan Baptists Church, CEO of Devon Energy Rick Muncrief, and Executive Director of Greenwood Rising Raymond Doswell.
They were all joined by survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Fixins Soul Kitchen is set to open with limited hours on June 6 and be fully open to the public by June 13.
There will also be a Juneteenth Celebration held there on June 16.
Fixins Soul Kitchen will also be donating a portion of their opening week profits to Greenwood Rising.
They will also make a donation to the Thunder Fellows Program.