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Former Herman's Sea Food Restaurant Building at NW 16 and Classen Has New Ownership

The one time home of Herman's Sea Food Restaurant, 1701 N Classen, has been bought by Dan Dill Companies, an operation led by Justin Dill.

The Oklahoma County Assessor’s website shows Dan Dill Companies bought the building for $500,000 from Juana Martinez on Nov. 18 for $500,000. The building has stood empty for several years and has long been considered one of the last missing pieces to a full redevelopment of the now thriving 16th Street Plaza District.

This is a photo of Herman's Sea Food Restaurant in Oklahoma City, OK. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.  The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
This is a photo of Herman's Sea Food Restaurant in Oklahoma City, OK. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Herman's Sea Food Restaurant was a long time institution founded by Herman Baggett, a World War I veteran (to read the full history of Herman's, visit this great article by David Cathey). Baggett, an army chef and cook at the Black Hotel downtown, opened Herman's in 1939 originally at NW 4 and Hudson. A few years later, the restaurant moved to NW 16 and Classen - which is now the gateway to the Plaza District.

The Baggett family sold the restaurant to the Val Gene Restaurant Group in 1969, although it continued under the Herman’s name through the 1970s. It eventually became Triple’s in the late 1970s - yet another popular restaurant that closed after about a 20-year run.

For a few years, the building was home to a Mexican restaurant, Marco's. But since, the property has fallen into disrepair and has long been sought after by developers as NW 16 experienced a revival.

 

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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