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Following Swadley's scandal, new restaurant vendor chosen for six state parks across Oklahoma

Swadley's Bar-B-Q

A new vendor has been chosen to run the restaurants at six of Oklahoma’s state parks.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has chosen Oklahoma-based company La Ratatouille as the new restaurant operator for Oklahoma State Parks.

La Ratatouille owns and operates Falcone’s Pizzeria, Jonny Cakes Bakery, multiple food trucks and a catering business that has served the OKC Thunder and the Zoo Amphitheater.

This follows last year’s termination of the contract between the state and the former restaurant operator, Swadley’s Bar-B-Q, over suspected fraudulent activity that is under investigation.

Shelley Zumwalt, the executive director of the tourism department, says integrity and transparency are the department’s main priorities in reopening the state park’s restaurants.

"The state is not subsidizing the restaurant group," Zumwalt said a the press conference. "The state, as part of the contract, will be receiving 13% of gross receipts each month."

Six restaurants in existing facilities at six different state parks will be open by Memorial Day weekend. The full list is below.

  • Lake Murray State Park – Ardmore
  • Quartz Mountain State Park – Lone Wolf
  • Robbers Cave State Park – Wilburton
  • Roman Nose State Park – Watonga
  • Sequoyah State Park – Hulbert
  • Beavers Bend State Park – Broken Bow
Hannah France is a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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