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November 1, 2012

Interurban restaurant is as local as it gets

CHICKASHA — Two self-proclaimed "average Joe" military service members with management skills and extensive backgrounds in the food industry have embarked on a journey that will hopefully change not only their lives but the people of Chickasha's.

Josh Woods and Zachary Grayson know Chickasha, and they know what it needs. Although they are bringing the popular food chain Interurban to Chickasha in April 2013, they are anything but a big corporate business duo.

"We're privately owned," Woods said. "We're not rich by any means whatsoever. We just want to bring a really good restaurant to town, where people's money dodesn't have to be spent in the city or Norman."

But not all Chickasha residents and business owners are welcoming the restaurant with open arms. According to Grayson, some are disappointed with the $50,000 the city gave to the project.

"The Economic Development Committee gave us the money," Grayson said. "It has been a lot of talk from local business owners, which we totally understand, saying they're upset about it. They are saying, 'We didn't get any help when we opened up,' and 'The city doesn't give us any breaks.' I was an established business owner, I would understand that."

According to Grayson, the duo approached the city and told them what they were doing and simply asked if they qualified for anything. 

"Maybe some of the restaurants think their own sales taxes are working against them and that's just not the case," Grayson said. "If you are an out of towner, and rented a hotel room in Chickasha, that's where that money comes from. It doesn't come from local populous, unless for some reason they are renting a room."

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