Simple as a Sunset

As everyone knows atmosphere plays a big role in the success of any restaurant. Atmosphere seals the fate of any dining experience. People don’t eat at expensive restaurants solely for the cuisine. They want an experience. They want something to talk to their co-workers about on Monday. Last weekend my wife and I went out with some friends to eat at Red Rock Canyon Grill, which is located on the banks of Lake Hefner. They serve a Southwest/American cuisine that is delicious, and are best known for their wood-fire roasted chicken. Red Rock knows their chicken melts in your mouth like butter and they use this knowledge to their advantage and have made it part of the overall experience. In a back corner of the restaurant the whole fire roasting process can be seen, as the chickens are roasted over a massive wood fire. Fire roasting chicken over an open flame isn’t anything new, but the way Red Rock does it, something sticks. My favorite part of our dinner at Red Rock, and what impressed me most, was something that is done every night at the same time. The back balcony of the restaurant faces west and each evening at sunset there is a celebration. As soon as the sun sets waiters clap and whistle, those dining raise their glasses and cheer. It’s something simple, it’s something free, and...

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