Slim Chickens General Manager Marc Gillette says the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been finger-licking good for business.
The Thunder is in the midst of another NBA playoff run, facing the San Antonio Spurs in the West Division Finals. During the post-season, the local team has eclipsed both the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers.
During games, fans fill Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City. And supporters who can’t make it to the games don’t always watch at home. Many flock to their favorite hangout.
Gillette said Thunder success has translated to a “significant” increase in game day business for his location at 555 S. Kelly Ave.. Gillette said additionally, during recent months traffic on the street has increased, and Santa Fe High School is not too far away.
“Not everybody can get to a Thunder game and it’s just one of many opportunities to get out and watch the team in a comfortable environment,” Gillette said. “That’s the best part. Take your family out to eat and still watch the game. We’ve got some chicken-lovin’ fools. There’s no doubt about that.”
Games are shown on the restaurant’s five TVs. Patrons may come in just for dinner, but often will end up staying to watch the rest of the action, Gillette said.
After two games in San Antonio, the Thunder return for game three Sunday evening in Oklahoma City. They are down 2-0, but the local NBA fans are loyal, having bonded with their team, Gillette said.
“I think people are going to continue to watch the Thunder regardless of how far they go,” Gillette said. “I would love to see them take it to the next level, have more people come out here to watch.”
Gillette said he wasn’t an NBA fan until he started watching the Thunder. Gillette said having the Thunder in Oklahoma City has been great for the entire area, including businesses like his.
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