• Iconic Charcoal Oven sold, to be demolished

    A tire company has entered into contract to buy the Charcoal Oven property at 2701 NW Expressway and build a new facility on that site.

    The historic structure and charming grounds and drive-through will be completely demolished to make room for the new use. It had been actively for sale for several months.

    This is the original and also the last of the remaining Charcoal Ovens, with the previous locations in Edmond and at Northwest Expressway and MacArthur having been sold off some time ago.

    At the time it was built in 1958, it was one of the first drive-through restaurants and has remained in continuous operation since that time by the Wilson family.

    Its 52-foot high neon sign has been an Oklahoma City landmark for decades.

    Charcoal oven continues to operate but building permits have been filed for Discount Tire, with construction starting sometime after permits have been issued.

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