Rachel Cope, CEO and founder of 84 Hospitality Group, is a restaurateur hell-bent on furthering the social dining and late-night food scene of Oklahoma City.
Cope had intentions of a law career after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Pre-Law from Oklahoma City University. Ultimately, Cope decided law wasn’t for her and went back to something familiar while she searched for inspiration: waiting tables. Over the next several years, Cope worked in various restaurants throughout OKC and Tulsa, where she gained invaluable first-hand experience and an understanding of food, service and details – all aspects of running a restaurant. In the summer of 2012, serendipity struck when a laundromat went up for lease in OKC’s Plaza District.
In 2013, Cope created 84 Hospitality Group, pioneering the effortlessly cool pizza joint, Empire Slice House, for which she would later receive the Mark Costello Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2017). In 2015, Cope joined forces with local culinary talent, Jeff Chanchaleune on a pop-up dinner series, Project Slurp - a first for the OKC dining scene. After selling out every night, Cope and Chanchaleune officially opened Goro Ramen.
Now, with 14 years of restaurant experience under her belt, the 33-year-old CEO has five original concepts under the 84 Hospitality umbrella, including Revolución Taqueria & Cantina, Easy E Slice Shop and her latest watering hole, Ponyboy.
Cope believes everything is in the details, and is often found in a back booth perfecting playlists, or sliding behind the bar for a quick taste test, ensuring drinks come out perfect every time.