In October 2005, Gilliam decided that the restaurant needed a new look and a major reconstruction took place. The result is Okra’s as it’s known today with lively paintings, a fun interior and Nawlins feel. Shortly after the reconstruction, Foundation was opened on the opposite side of Okra’s. Foundation served an upscale, city cuisine and offered nightly seatings and a fabulous Sunday brunch. While it also developed a loyal fan base, Foundation was a contrast to the unique, casual dining experience of its counterpart. With Okra’s growing lunch and dinner crowds, Foundation was closed in 2009 to allow more room for Okra’s expanding clientele and special events.