Kevin Stitt / Brent Swadley photos emerge…

Grab a wet nap! The Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Swindle is getting messy!

Yesterday afternoon, Fox 25’s Wendy Suares acquired a photo of Brent Swadley having a good old time with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt at the Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen at Roman Nose State Park.

It’s relevant because the only consistent thing coming from Stitt’s mouth regarding the Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Swindle is that he doesn’t know Brent Swadley.

Check this out:

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Swadley’s took $1.5 million in taxpayer PPP funding…

I guess the State of Oklahoma isn’t the only place where Brent Swadley likes to get taxpayer money!

Last night, after watching this clip of Bill Maher going full “Old Rich Man Yells At Cloud” over the waste and fraud in the $953-billion Paycheck Protection Program, I thought it would be fun to see how much our favorite local barbeque grifter took home in the racket.

Just like a chewy piece of fat in Swadley’s brisket, I wasn’t shocked by what I found.

In a series of loans to Swadley’s Smoked Meats, Swadley’s Catering and Jim’s Famous Chicken, the SBA sent over $1.5 million in PPP loans to Brent Swadley’s companies. All of the loans would eventually be forgiven in full:

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10 Possible Replacements for Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen…

Now that the Oklahoma Tourism Department has officially terminated its contract agreement with Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen, I guess we’re looking for a new casual dining restaurant to feed hungry weekend tourists (except on Sunday) at State Parks, and fleece taxpayers with inflated invoices, pricy management fees, and other shady activities that look like they could be part of a vast criminal conspiracy within the Stitt Administration.

Since we at The Lost Ogle like to offer solutions to go with our non-award-winning news coverage, Rob O. and I thought it would be fun to share a list of restaurants that we think would be a good fit at our state parks. Some of them are real, while others are just concepts, but they’d all be better and less fraudulent than Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen.

Check them out below:

1. Braum’s “Dirty Table” Ice Cream and Grill

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Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Swindle to cost 300 people their jobs…

Friendly Reminder – Oklahoma Taxpayers aren't the only victims of the Swadley's Foggy Bottom Swindle!

After the state announced yesterday they were terminating their contract with the chain due to “suspected fraudulent activity,” KFOR is reporting that over 300 people will lose their jobs thanks to Brent Swadley's general greed and negligence.

(Editor's Note: View all of TLO's Swadley's Foggy Bottom Kitchen coverage here.)

Curiously enough, we've learned this news thanks to Brent Swadley:

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State pulls plug on Swadley’s Foggy Bottom contract!

Put a fork into Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen. It’s officially done.

Just weeks after Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell said the contract would be revised, the Oklahoma Tourism Department announced today they’re changing course and following our advice to terminate the state’s contract with Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen due to “suspected fraudulent activity found through highly questionable billing, invoicing, and record-keeping practices.”

Editor’s Note: View all of TLO’s Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen coverage here. 

Here’s the letter that State Tourism Director Jerry Winchester sent to his old pal Brent Swadley informing him of the news.

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Smoke keeps flowing from Swadley’s “Foggy Bottom” Swindle!

Late last week, after news emerged that OSBI was investigating the smokey partnership between the Oklahoma Tourism Dept. and Swadley’s “Foggy Bottom” Kitchen, the Oklahoma non-profit media converged on the scandal like flies at a picnic, not letting any juicy drippings go to waste.

Here’s a recap of all the developments that have gone down since Friday.

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State Getting To Foggy Bottom of Swadley’s Swindle…

Grab some napkins and a couple of wet naps! This Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen situation is getting messy!

A few weeks back, we amplified a Frontier report about a costly deal the Oklahoma Tourism Department worked out with Brent Swadley to launch – and apparently subsidize –  a chain of Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchens at Oklahoma State Parks.

Since that went down, lawmakers and law enforcement have now turned their attention to the controversy. Here’s a timeline of everything that’s occurred since last week:

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TLO Restaurant Review: Swadley’s Bar-B-Q

Editor’s Note: As Louis Fowler continues to recover and rehabilitate from a stroke, we’re going to republish – per his request – some of his classic TLO Restaurant Reviews from over the years. 

With Swadley’s “Foggy Bottom Kitchen” being in the news this week, I thought we’d take a look back at this fair, but tough and chewy, review of Swadley’s BBQ from December 2020.

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Right-Wing, Wrong Barbeque: A Soulless Saturday Night at Swadley’s Bar-B-Q

Before this assignment, I have never eaten at Swadley’s Bar-B-Q, mostly because I’d rather spend my precious time writing about the small-town, country-based roadhouse smokehouses where mom and pop serve some of the best barbeque this side of the Red River.

It never fails, however, that as soon as a piece is posted, some tasteless drone of popular opinion will invariably comment “Dude, you don’t know good ‘cue! You need to go to Swadley’s! They’ve got the best ‘cue in the state, brah!”

So I started to think…maybe they might have a point. I mean, Swadley’s has catered some of the biggest and best conservative events in Oklahoma over the past few years, culminating in last Saturday’s right-wing “Keep the Georgia Senate Red” shindig at Castle Falls, with such Okie politicos like Gov. Kevin Stitt, Senator James Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe in attendance.

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State blows $13.6-million on Swadley’s “Foggy Bottom Kitchen”

Last week, The Frontier reported that the Stitt administration has blown through $13-million trying to establish a chain of Swadley’s “Foggy Bottom Kitchen” restaurants at Oklahoma state parks.

The project’s failure can be attributed to a variety of factors, including the state’s decision to launch a chain of terribly-branded restaurants that serve average food and no hard booze at run-down state-owned facilities at the dawn of a global pandemic.

Via The Frontier:

Tourism officials hope a hot new restaurant chain serving ribeye steaks and burgers dressed with arugula can breathe new life into state parks, but the deal has cost Oklahoma millions of dollars.

Since 2020, the state has paid Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen, operated by Oklahoma City-based Swadley’s BAR-B-Q, more than $13.6 million. The restaurants have run millions of dollars over the original agreement on renovations at state parks. The state has also had to pay Swadley’s management fees and cover its sizable financial losses to operate…

Wow. Even with today’s meat prices, $13.6 million is a lot of money to lose on a restaurant. What led to this costly decision?

The Tourism Department sought a commercial operator with “brand power” to update the image of food service at state parks, according to a request for proposals the agency put out in early 2020.

Yep, they wanted a restaurant “with brand power” to update the image of state parks… so they went with Swadley’s “Foggy Bottom Kitchen.” Hard believe that didn’t work out, huh?

Actually, it isn’t. Here are two reasons why…

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