One of Kilgore's favorite restaurants is expanding to Tyler this fall. Jack Ryan's Steak and Chophouse will open its second location in the People's Petroleum Building on the square in Downtown Tyler.

According to a press release, the restaurant is scheduled to open this fall and will be located on the mezzanine level of the building, occupying 11,000 square feet.

Brothers Brad and Wes Ebey are both graduates of Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, Minn., and have been luring East Texans to their Kilgore restaurant since they opened in May 2013.

The new location will offer seating for 160 and will include a lounge and bar area.

“It’s a beautiful building, and we want to be in the best building,” Brad Ebey said of the downtown Tyler location.

The People's Petroleum Building has a rich history. Built in 1932, it was named for its anchor tenant People's National Bank and was constructed in response to the office needs of financial and businessmen during East Texas Oil Boom of the 1930s.

The 15-floor building opened Nov. 5, 1932 and was the largest construction project west of the Mississippi. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and was recognized as a Tyler Historic Landmark in 2012.

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