Iconic Sapulpa Restaurant Freddie’s BBQ to Close


After 60 years in business, beloved family-owned, Sapulpa restaurant Freddie’s BBQ and Steakhouse will close its doors permanently on December 31, 2022, following the death of its owner, Edmond “Tex” Slyman, in July after a long illness. Slyman’s uncle, Fred Joseph, founded the legendary steakhouse in 1962. Joseph began making barbecue in the back room of his local grocery store, Drumright, and when demand grew, he closed the store and remodeled it into a small restaurant. Slyman purchased and took over the business in 1972 upon his uncle’s retirement, turning his dream into a huge success.

After a devastating fire destroyed the original restaurant in 1978, Slyman relocated it to Sapulpa right on Route 66, turning it into a huge success and becoming a dining staple in the region. The restaurant is known throughout the area for its BBQ, steaks, and Lebanese hors d’oevres like tabouly, cabbage rolls and houmas.

“As a family, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to close Freddie’s at the end of this year,” said owner Sherian Slyman. “We want to express our deepest gratitude to the people of Oklahoma and beyond for their many decades of patronage and support. We invite our loyal customers to join us throughout the holiday season to get their final fix of Freddie’s.”

Freddie’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through December. For more information and to view the menu, visit freddiesbbq.com