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  • Prairie to open brewery and taproom in Auto Alley as part of new mixed-use development

    Tulsa-based Prairie Artisan Ales has announced plans to open a brewery and taproom in a new mixed-used conversion project in Automobile Alley.

    In April, a local group of investors bought the 17,640 square foot warehouse on the northeast corner of NE 8th Street and the railroad tracks for $1.2 million.

    Developers Brandon Lodge, Cale Coulter, and Patrick Murnan retained London architects AHMM to renovate the structure and soon struck a lease deal with Prairie.

    Lodge told OKCTalk the project will involve opening up the large structure with a centralized pedestrian corridor that can serve as indoor / outdoor space for the brewery and future tenants. Lodge said they are currently seeking a local restaurant and other tenants.

    Prairie currently operates a popular brew pub in downtown Tulsa but their operation in Oklahoma City will serve beer but not food and is to occupy 4,000 to 4,500 square feet.

    Three artists workspaces that will also be housed in the OKC brewery, a free space for Prairie and other community artists.

    Plans are being finalized and the hope is that renovation will begin before the first of the year with a spring 2017 opening.

    The project is yet another in the booming east Auto Alley area, which recently saw the opening of downtown's largest apartment complex, the 330-unit Metropolitan.

    In addition to the several restaurants on NW 9th (Iguana, S&B Burger's, Hillbillies) Twisted Spike brewery and taproom is slated to open later this year on NW 10th and it will also directly front the railroad tracks.

    The City of Oklahoma City is in the process of implementing a 'quiet zone' which will mean trains will soon no longer need to blow horns as they pass through the area.

    Other new and newly announced projects in the area are The Yard shipping container project, a new location for Organic Squeeze and the renovation of a warehouse on 8th just to the west of the Prairie project.

    AHMM recently established an office in Oklahoma City and local projects include The Plow, Level, Mosaic, OKSea, and the Hart Building, among others.
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