After moving to Oklahoma City in the 1950’s, he initially went to work for Sky Chefs at Will Rogers World Airport. For 18 years, he managed the famous Split-T restaurant, formerly located on Western Avenue north of I-44.
Johnnie opened the first Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler in September 1971 at Military Avenue and Britton Road.
The first location was a drive-in with 12 car-hop stalls, 12 inside booths and inside seating capacity of 48. The restaurant moved and expanded in 1977 to the Britton Road location.
Expansion occurred again in 1981, when the restaurant opened its second restaurant in Edmond. Originally operating in the northwest corner of a retail shopping center, the owners purchased land and constructed a free-standing restaurant, relocating the establishment in 1995 to its current location on 33rd street.
The third Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler was established on southwest 74th and Walker in 1983, and enjoys presence in the highly visible I-240 corridor. The Northwest Expressway location was opened in 1992.
Johnnie’s Express, a smaller version of Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, was established in 2003 with it’s first location at Danforth and Kelly in Edmond. Subsequent locations opened on N. May Avenue and Norman in 2004.
Since then, we've expanded into Yukon and have plans to grow even more in 2018. We have broken ground on two new restaurants. A Johnnie's Express will open in Midwest City in the Spring of 2018 and a Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler will open in Moore in late Summer.