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  1. #51

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    DCF also runs concert promotions for the Brady Theatre so, like The Peake and BOK, there will probably be multiple stops in Oklahoma, depending on where they are going either on the same leg of the tour, back to back or one and then the other later.

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    From the Journal Record:

    Growth spurt: OKC’s second food truck park to crop up in Farmers Market District
    By: Molly M. Fleming The Journal Record October 3, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The city will soon have a second food truck park.

    Farmers Market District attorney Bud Scott is working with Farmers Public Market building owners Burt and Jody McAnally to create a food truck park on land they own in the district. The property is directly east of Urban Agrarian, 1235 SW Second St., and northwest of the Farmers Public Market building.

    Oklahoma City’s first permanent space for food trucks, Bleu Garten, opened this month.

    At the new location, food trucks will have access to electrical outlets, grease traps and a gray-water disposal site. There will also be an 80-by-40-foot pavilion with a stage. The area will be dotted with landscaping from Farmers Market District business Pam’s Plants.

    “We’re going for a much more family-friendly green space, with food trucks that happen to be there as well,” Scott said.

    “It will complement the activities we’re already planning.”

    The entrance will be marked by an old pickup truck.

    “We are dropping in a 1939 rusted piece of goodness,” he said. “It was donated by one of my clients, Walnut Creek Ranch in Waynoka. It’s been sitting on his farm for a while.”

    Scott said he’s already talked to several food truck owners regarding their interest in the park. Operators will sign a monthly lease and then schedule shifts, such as lunch, dinner or late nights. Three- and six-month leasing options will be available as well. Six trucks can park at one time, with additional spaces available for large events.

    The park is expected to open in November, about the same time as the Power House bar. Burt McAnally said he and Jody are excited to see the district’s new life. The couple bought the Farmers Public Market building in 2002.

    “We’ve dreamed about this,” he said. “Our original vision was not of renovation but of restoration. We’ve always been hopeful, but we didn’t have the same smile on our faces that we do right now.”

    He said the bar, the food truck park and Urban Agrarian‘s expansion into the former Sterling Produce building at 311 S. Klein Ave. next to the Farmers Public Market are just the start of the district’s positive changes.

    “We’re very excited because the more things that go on down here, the more the district is putting down roots,” he said.

    “Jody’s attitude and my attitude has always been – the more the merrier. We just need to have activity down here. I think the food truck park will be a catalyst for that.”

    The area already has its own food truck, with Urban Agrarian owner Matt Burch partnering with Brent Van Meter’s The Tin Can. It’s open every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving comfort fare featuring seasonal and locally sourced produce.

    McAnally said he met with investors this past week interested in putting money into the area.

    “The more businesses we get down here, the more things we have, the more events that we have – it’s just going to be good for the city,” he said.

    Scott said the Farmers Market District is in a prime spot as the city develops west. He said the district still has many properties available for investment.

    “With the successful buildup of the Farmers Market District, it’s a sound link in a chain that runs from Stockyards City to downtown and to Bricktown, so it’s a little more cohesive, as opposed to being cut off like it’s been for quite some time,” Scott said.

  3. #53

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    Cool! I'm looking forward to watching that area take shape.

  4. #54

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    Sounds like it will be the area immediately around Powerhouse.

  5. #55

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    From the Journal Record:

    These Walls: Earth to Urban Local Food Hub

    By: Molly M. Fleming The Journal Record December 5, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Downtown development is starting to move west, but two businesses have long boasted about the area.

    The Earth to Urban Local Food Hub opened at 1235 SW Second St. in November 2011 in a 1930s produce building. The building went up shortly after its neighbor, the Farmers Public Market Building.

    The 5,000-square-foot red brick Earth to Urban building was home to two generations of family-owned produce operators during its heyday. It was once connected to a pool hall, but that building’s only remains are the checkerboard floor entrance. In 2007, Scott Friedman purchased the produce building. He said it was nearly dilapidated, so he put in the wooden floors and restored the barrel-style roof before leasing it to the food hub.

    The Earth to Urban Local Food Hub consists of two businesses, Urban Agrarian local food market and Earth Elements market, bakery, and entrepreneurs’ kitchen. The two businesses provide the community with fresh, locally sourced food. But getting their products to people was a challenge at first because the hub was in an area that wasn’t frequently visited. Urban Agrarian owner Matt Burch said he used social media to reach out to people. The strategy seems to have worked well, as the store was open only from Wednesday to Sunday for the first three years, and started opening daily earlier this year.

    The large building is separated into sections. The old loading dock on the south side has been transformed into the Urban Agrarian retail space. The dock has large garage doors that can be raised when weather permits. Urban Agrarian sells Oklahoma produce, locally raised meats and other products. The displays often feature the price and the farm’s location. The shop is a favorite among restaurateurs.

    Behind the shop is the Urban Agrarian office that Burch built when he started leasing the building. Heading farther to the building’s north, one finds storage space for Urban and Earth Elements, and a loading dock to get the Urban van prepared for deliveries or setting up at farmers’ markets. There is also a large walk-in refrigerator to help keep produce fresh.

    While there are only two businesses in the hub, several other entrepreneurs benefit from the Earth Elements kitchen. Eighteen companies lease the space and use it to prepare food for catering or to make items such as bagels, cookies, jams and jellies. Della Terra pasta maker Chris Becker has his pasta drying machine in the building as well.

    As with any old building, it comes with climate-control challenges. The high ceilings make it hard to keep heat on the floor level. Burch said he and his staff often use space heaters and gas heaters to keep everyone comfortable.

    The hub now has a quick-service food element, with The Tin Can food truck operating next door. Burch said he would like to add an awning where the pool hall once sat to accommodate Tin Can customers.

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    I don’t understand Burt McAnally’s thinking on the Farmer’s Market. He could have a place that hosts great rock bands that usually go to the Diamond like 311, Bush, Limp Bizkit, Awolnation, Chevelle, Modest mouse, Stone Temple Pilots and other bands that would sell out the venue. Instead, FM has hosted Insane Clown Posse, Puddle of Mud and most recently announced Scare don’t fear, Mushroomhead and Hed(pe) in September. While I like all of those bands individually, I would think the bands that are going to the Diamond would bring in more money than the ones who are performing there. I guess all this is a moot point with the Criterion and the Tower coming up as music venues and partnering with Live Nation though.

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    Photos from this weekend.

    Soooo much potential here.










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    I agree.... When Kosmo's BBQ was looking for a brick and mortar location I had steered him here... Unfortunately the owner of the building space he looked at wasn't very accomodating.

    The buildings down there just scream BBQ with the character they have and you have the meat distributor right there on the corner.

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    Looks like they're getting ready for some fresh paint....

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    I'm very happy about this. I love that area.

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    Yes, that area is super cool and there is so much potential which is just starting to be realized.

    Good group of people involved in all of this as well.

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    I've tried to steer two different BBQ cooks, looking to open brick and mortar locations, down there and they've ran into issues with some of the property owners in the area. Maybe that will change now... I think it would be an awesome location for a Q-raunt and still hope someone can get something located in that area.

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    There are still several property owners that won't sell, lease or do anything with some key properties.

    The two bookend properties on SW 2nd are cases in point, as is the old service station directly east of the market.

    Many people have tried to work something out but they continue to sit on their hands with the properties in generally poor condition.







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    Yep.... That is where they were looking. I was told by one of them that the property owner wanted them to renovate the property and then pay rent on top of it..... Renovation was going to require some extensive roof repairs is what I was told.

    I think that old service station just screams BBQ, or maybe burgers, and if I had the capital to pull it off, I would be trying to put a Q-raunt in there myself.

  17. #67

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    ^

    What if I could help you raise the capital??

    It's absolutely criminal this city does not have one decent, old-school BBQ place.

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    I agree with Pete. I am always sad that I don't really have a GO TO for great BBQ in okc.. there are several that will do but none that I am just absolutely excited about. I think that is sad for OKC and we need a great Q place to rave about.

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    I was about to say "Somebody get that man's some capital!!!"

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    I visited this area for the first time a couple of months ago to pick up some "designer" pasta at Urban Agrarian. I was simply amazed at the look and feel of the it. It just screams potential and I wish all of those involved in its resurgence and redevelopment all the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    ^

    What if I could help you raise the capital??

    It's absolutely criminal this city does not have one decent, old-school BBQ place.
    I really do appreciate the offer but I'm afraid of losing too much control if I have investors.

    I've been self-employed more of my life than I've been employed by others and the only bad experiences I have during those self-employed times came when partners were involved. So if I can't afford to do it on my own. I'd just rather not risk a venture of that type.

    Now not to get completely off topic here....well, yeah this is totally off topic.. Who am I kidding.

    I have been kicking around a couple of ideas...

    One would be a charity event benefiting Operation BBQ Relief where myself, and a few of my pitmaster friends, would basically throw a big party somewhere and serve up some of our Q..... The main thing that's been holding me back on this idea has been a lack of time in getting it organized. My work schedule has just been insane recently.

    My second idea is more of a pop-up type event and I wouldn't even care if I made any money doing it. But basically if I could find a location where I could get setup, meet all the HD requirements if necessary, and just cook and serve Q until I run out and basically turn it into a monthly, or bi-monthly depending on my schedule, back yard type party. I think it would be a blast.... But once again this comes down to the amount of hours I have available to me in a day, and those seem to come at a premium for me right now, to get the logistics of trying to do something like that researched and organized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OK BBQ Eater Anonymous View Post
    I really do appreciate the offer but I'm afraid of losing too much control if I have investors.

    I've been self-employed more of my life than I've been employed by others and the only bad experiences I have during those self-employed times came when partners were involved. So if I can't afford to do it on my own. I'd just rather not risk a venture of that type.

    Now not to get completely off topic here....well, yeah this is totally off topic.. Who am I kidding.

    I have been kicking around a couple of ideas...

    One would be a charity event benefiting Operation BBQ Relief where myself, and a few of my pitmaster friends, would basically throw a big party somewhere and serve up some of our Q..... The main thing that's been holding me back on this idea has been a lack of time in getting it organized. My work schedule has just been insane recently.

    My second idea is more of a pop-up type event and I wouldn't even care if I made any money doing it. But basically if I could find a location where I could get setup, meet all the HD requirements if necessary, and just cook and serve Q until I run out and basically turn it into a monthly, or bi-monthly depending on my schedule, back yard type party. I think it would be a blast.... But once again this comes down to the amount of hours I have available to me in a day, and those seem to come at a premium for me right now, to get the logistics of trying to do something like that researched and organized.
    What about working with the food truck parks to have a monthly Q operation, or some of the bars that don't serve food?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teo9969 View Post
    What about working with the food truck parks to have a monthly Q operation, or some of the bars that don't serve food?
    I have kicked around that idea too but it would all come down to how many HD hoops I would need to jump through to pull it off..... Time really is my biggest issue for the once a month/part time type thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    ^

    What if I could help you raise the capital??

    It's absolutely criminal this city does not have one decent, old-school BBQ place.
    What about George's Happy Hog BBQ? A lot of people don't know its there, but its probably the most old-school, hole-in-the-wall BBQ place I know of in OKC.

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    I like this district a lot, but the roads are horrendous. Is there any plan for at least a repave? Nice streetscaping with sidewalks and parallel parking on the already wide streets would be perfect, but I doubt the city would pay for it.

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