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  • Resurgent Britton district to add restaurant, brewery and distillery

    The redevelopment of the Britton District continues with three new businesses being planned.

    Patio area of El Coyote

    On the north side of the street and at the far west end, chef Jonathon Stranger (Osteria, Bar Chicchetti) has submitted plans for El Coyote, a restaurant and bar that will feature New Mexican cuisine. The design by AHMM Architects includes a large adobe-style patio will the interior will be highlighted by a long interior bar and southwestern elements.

    El Coyote interior

    Immediately to the east will be Madhopper Brewery in a structure that once housed the Britton Theater.

    El Coyote space to the left, Madhopper Brewery to the right

    And a distillery and tasting room will soon be coming to the old Ritz Theater on the south side of Britton.

    Venn Pizza opened in June in a completely renovated space with a back patio.

    Zero Tolerance Coffee also opened in early 2020, as did the historic Owl Court motel has been restored from ruins into several small shops and office spaces, joining several businesses in renovated structures.

    Owl Court

    Also, a new butterfly garden on the southwest corner of NW 92nd and Western will soon provide a relaxing spot for visitors on what is now a vacant lot.

    Britton was once a separate municipality until it was annexed by Oklahoma City in 1950.

    The town was named after railroad attorney Alexander Britton who worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. As part of the charter to allow the railroad to be built through Oklahoma, a railway station was required to be built every 7 miles. The first stop north of Oklahoma City became known as Britton and the town once had 6,000 residences where Main Street (now Britton Road) became the main commercial corridor. For a time, Route 66 passed directly through downtown Britton.

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