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  • Bar, restaurant and dog park planned for river

    A bar, restaurant and attached dog park is being planned for the Boathouse Row area along the Oklahoma River.

    Press release:


    Bar K extends paw-print with new location in Oklahoma City
    Award-winning dog-friendly business selects the Boathouse District for its next location

    OKLAHOMA CITY – (Dec. 17, 2019) – Bar K – an innovative, dog- and people-friendly concept that is part dog park, bar, restaurant and event space – will open a new location in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District on the banks of the Oklahoma River. Pending approval by the City Council and other local authorities, construction of the new 2-acre facility is expected to begin shortly and is slated to by late 2020 or early 2021.

    Bar K opened its first location in Kansas City, Missouri, in August 2018 and already has hosted more than 200,000 humans and 150,000 dogs at its 2-acre riverfront facility. Bar K offers a healthy casual menu of tasty, affordable food, gourmet coffee, juices and smoothies and a wide variety of locally brewed beers and craft cocktails. Surrounding the bar and restaurant is a thoughtfully designed, fully staffed, 2-acre off-leash dog park, with one-of-a-kind play structures and comfortable seating areas. Bar K offers its dog-friendly services on a daily-fee basis or as part of an annual membership. Humans without dogs are always welcome to visit for free.

    “We scouted a lot of markets and properties for our next Bar K location, and as soon as we visited the Boathouse District, we knew we had to be here,” said Leib Dodell, founding partner of Bar K. “Our unique dog-friendly atmosphere will be the perfect addition to this part of the city, and we can’t think of a better place to spend a day with your dog.

    “Securing this location wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Boathouse District and local leaders,” Dodell added. “We can’t thank them enough for supporting our vision of bringing Bar K to Oklahoma City.”

    The new facility will operate seven days a week and feature indoor and outdoor dog parks, a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as private event spaces. Bar K’s staff of Dogtenders keep a watchful eye on canine guests to ensure a safe and joyful experience; their humans can hang out with the pups in the park or explore Bar K’s people-focused amenities.

    “There’s nothing quite like Bar K – you have to see it to believe it,” said Mike Knopp, executive director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation. “The pet- and people-friendly concept will be a perfect complement to the existing amenities in the District. Athletes, families and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to include their dogs as part of a full day of fun in the Boathouse District.”

    “I’d like to be the first person to officially welcome Bar K to Oklahoma City,” said Mayor David Holt. “Investing in the Oklahoma Riverfront through important local programs such as the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS) has allowed us to attract exciting and unique concepts like Bar K which benefits the people — and in this case the pets — of Oklahoma City. It’s an exciting time in our city, and I’m thrilled Bar K will be part of our landscape.”

    In 2019, Bar K was named America’s Coolest Pet Business by Pets + Magazine. The contest highlights the best examples of independent pet businesses throughout the United States. Entries are judged by a panel of retail experts based on business practices, history, online presence, traditional advertising, interior decor and curb appeal. Bar K has also won other regional and national awards for design and sustainability.

    About Bar K
    Bar K is a unique new destination combining a thoughtfully designed, fully staffed dog park with a modern bar, restaurant and event space. Bar K brings engaged, community-minded people and their dogs together to share connections with their pups and each other in a joyful and creative atmosphere. The first Bar K opened in August 2018 on the riverfront in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. More locations are planned around the country. To learn more, visit barkdogbar.com.

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