Good Eggs: At Home With the Pauls
Restaurateurs Keith and Heather Paul’s perfect nest
Photos by David Cobb
Keith and Heather Paul
Maybe you’ve never met Heather and Keith Paul, but, if you live in the 405, odds are good they’ve fed you, and probably more than once. The Pauls are the creators and keepers of a menagerie of unique restaurants around these parts: The Drake, Cheever’s, three Tucker’s Onion Burgers locations, Kitchen 324, Republic Gastropub, Iron Star BBQ and Red Prime Steakhouse are all a part of their enterprise, Good Egg Dining Group.
And they’re not finished yet. There’s a Mexican restaurant percolating in the old Swanson Tires building in downtown Oklahoma City and a second incarnation of Republic Gastropub in Edmond’s Chisholm Creek. And after that? The duo is mulling over the possibility of an upscale sandwichery. Maybe a breakfast joint.
The pair met when both were salespeople for Ben E. Keith food services in OKC about 20 years ago. Keith had recently moved to town from Ft. Worth, and Heather was from Oklahoma City but had attended college overseas. Love came quickly to the Pauls. “We were very competitive with each other,” Heather says.
They married in 1997, and as they talk about their lives, each often corrects the other about dates and years. It’s clear that once the Pauls found one another, months, years and decades all began to happily (and busily) blur together.
They share their unique downtown Oklahoma City home – fittingly a former flavorings and extract factory – with two gigantic dogs, English Mastiffs Tucker and Molly. The house had served as the Good Egg Dining Group’s corporate headquarters for about five years. The couple owns a second lot on the west side of the home, which they had originally bought with the idea of building a new home next to their headquarters.
Twice they had designs drawn up but just couldn’t quite find a plan that had the “old bones” they’d loved in the historic homes they’d lived in previously. Then the staff outgrew this space, and the former Tull’s Overhead Door building at NW 24th and Walker Avenue, which was the former Kerr’s Department Store, became available.
Good Egg HQ moved to that location, and after nine months of construction overseen in part by the unofficial third egg in their design and renovation omelet, Heather’s mother Tanya Turner, they happily moved in.