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The Golden Drumstick

Restaurants might come and go in Tulsa, but many have made their mark on our city’s history for their food, service, owners and atmosphere. Here’s one serving of Tulsa’s gastronomic history from “Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.”


The Golden Drumstick was an iconic stop for Tulsans and Route 66 travelers alike. It opened in December 1948, and was originally owned and operated by brothers Bill and Bob Latting. The restaurant was an immediate hit with lines out the door to try its delicious fried chicken.

The front of the restaurant featured a wishing well in the lobby, where the children who cleaned their plates could win a prize, such as a toy plane or a doll. After the meal, you were brought small bowls of warm lemon water so you could clean your fingers. “I’d never seen anything like that before; we were from the country. I thought it was just water, so, I picked it up and drank it,” remembered one customer. By 1953, the Lattings claimed they served more of the dish than any other establishment in the state.

In 1958, the Lattings retired. Lee and Lois Apple (along with their son Ed) continued the restaurant into the 1970s. It closed in 1975, but the building was soon transformed into another popular Tulsa eatery: the Middle Path.

Golden Drumstick

4903 E. 11th St.

Rhys Martin is a photographer and author from Tulsa. He also serves as the President of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. Facebook: Cloudless Lens

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