Muscogee (Creek) Nation Celebrates Rex’s Chicken Grand Opening
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation along with Muscogee Nation Business Enterprise celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Rex’s Chicken franchise at the Bixby location March 14.
The shared in the celebration with the community and Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce, as well as the owner of Rex’s Chicken, David Rutkauskas.
Rutkauskas re-established the original restaurant and its products 10 years ago and in 2013 established a partnership with when franchise rights were purchased by the Nation.
The restaurant has been open since September 2017 and has shown much success ahead of the official grand opening event.
“We’ve had record sales,” Rutkauskas said. “We did almost $400,000 the first 60 days we were open. I’ve been in this business almost 30 years and I’ve never seen revenue like that at an opening.”
Chief Executive Officer Woody Anderson discussed the decision to partner with the restaurant brand.
“What you see was a vision that we had for our company to extend into other businesses that the Nation has never done,” Anderson said. “Most of us have grown up around Rex’s Chicken and knew the brand. We knew the opportunity that was coming with this.”
Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Vice President Heather McDowell thanked the tribe for bringing the business venture to the city.
A representative from the Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, Congressman Jim Bridenstine’s office, was present to read and present the certificate of Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
The certificate read, “Rex’s Chicken team, please accept my sincere congratulations on your recent ribbon cutting at Rex’s Chicken in Bixby. As your representative in the United States Congress it’s always encouraging to hear of business growth and expansion here at home.”
The location, which staffs 30 employees, offers catering, drive-thru service, as well as fundraising opportunities.
The restaurant is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 11928 S. Memorial Dr. in Bixby.