Gilded Acorn is coming soon to downtown Oklahoma City, the First National

Chef Andrew Black has his moment. His Gray Sweater and Black Walnut restaurants helped attract an Outstanding Chef semi-final nomination, and now he’s making room for more under his umbrella.

Black told me all about his next concept, The Gilded Acorn, 146 Park Ave., sitting at a booth in the new dining room, because it was the only place in the old downtown Cafe 7 space to sit.

“We are still waiting for chairs,” he said. “Supply line issues.”

Once filled with seats, The Gilded Acorn will open inside the First National Center and offer downtown patisserie with sweet treats, light snacks, afternoon tea and elegant champagne service.

“People aren’t going to believe it,” Black said. “It won’t be like anything in town. We’ll have a curated selection of champagnes and coffees – only the best.”

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The Gilded Acorn will soon open at the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Black said the offerings will be upscale and evocative of the classic elegance of the First National Center, including personalized champagne towers and gold leaf chocolates. The tiny kitchen will produce small plates for the small dining area, which will eventually extend to the sidewalk.

The Gilded Acorn will be open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner.

Once open, The Gilded Acorn will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Once The Gilded Acorn is up and running, Black will turn its attention to another downtown dining concept called The Phantom Door.

“This place is going to blow people’s minds,” he said. “It will be opposite the Criterion, but we will open Gilded Acorn first and run it on all cylinders.”

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