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Twelve Oaks to close; property for sale

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As feared, Oklahoma's flagging economy has claimed another long-standing restaurant. Twelve Oaks restaurant, located east of Interstate 35 between Edmond and Guthrie, will close on February 15, according to co-owner Gregg Janes.

Janes and his wife Lisa inherited the restaurant from his wife's father Bill Horn, who opened the restaurant in 1994. An accomplished hair stylist, Horn also spent 25 years as head waiter at The Haunted House Restaurant for Art and Marian Thibault.

In 1990, he overheard two deacons from First Baptist Church in Guthrie discussing what to do with a Victorian House on property the church had recently purchased to convert into a parking lot. Four years later, that house was moved to a hilly rural property Horn owned and Twelve Oaks was opened.

Horn spent the following 18 years operating the upscale restaurant until his untimely death.

Daughter Lisa and her husband Gregg stepped in to not only operate the restaurant but upgraded the property to make it one of the area's prime special event destinations.

Janes said they are entertaining offers for the real estate and contents of the restaurant.

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