Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.–1:30 a.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.--1:30 p.m.
DEEP DEUCE HISTORY
Originally dubbed Deep Second, the Deep Deuce was settled during the Land Run in 1889 by the first 200 African-Americans to enter what is now Oklahoma City. The bustling neighborhood became home to two of America's most famous jazz legends, Jimmy Rushing and Charlie Christian, as well as to famous author, Ralph Ellison. In 1953, Ellison wrote a poem entitled Deep Second as a tribute to the Deep Deuce, where he landed his first job.
A forced home to many African-Americans even after the segregation ordinances were declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1916, The Deep Deuce evolved into a place of respite for renowned musicians travelling throughout the Midwest to play music
The building occupied by The Deep Deuce Bar Grill was built by Jimmy Rushing's™ father, Andrew, in the early 1900s. In 1938, the building was purchased by Dr. W.L. Haywood, who founded a medical clinic for indigent African Americans in Oklahoma City. Not only was Dr. Haywood the first African-American physician to practice at University Hospital (now OU Medical Center), he was also a dedicated civil rights leader.
To this day, The Deep Deuce Bar & Grill maintains many historical remnants from the Haywood Building (it bears the insignia Haywood 1938 and is proud to retell its story as well as that of the neighborhood. The bar top was fashioned from pew salvaged from the Calvary Baptist Church on the N.W. corner of 2nd and Walnut which fell victim to a fire many years ago, the very church where Martin Luther King, Jr. applied to be minister in 1954 but was denied due to his then young age. The restaurant tabletops were fashioned from the wood floor in the upstairs medical offices once upstairs and the original red door to Dr. Haywoods clinic is now located beneath the stairs on the east wall of the restaurant. More recently, the patio was fashioned of granite blocks salvaged from the Alfred P. Murrah Building that was destroyed along with many lives in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, complete with seasonal enclosure, a full-service bar, full-service dining, fire pit, tiki torches, lighting, and music.
Bring the entire family in for a meal. Meet your friends for a drink before and after the game Join us late night for some food from our entire menu. Any time you come in we'll offer you great service, fantastic food and a comfortable place to enjoy it all.