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Outdoor nighttime food market debuts in MidTown

An outdoor nighttime food market will debut Friday in Oklahoma City's MidTown area.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 26, 2011
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Could Oklahoma City support an outdoor nighttime food market and join the ranks of edgy cities like Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore.?

J.D. Merryweather admits it was a spur-of-the-moment idea that led him to join Laura Massenat, co-owner of Elemental Coffee at 815 N Hudson, and start H&8th, an outdoor evening food court beginning tonight at the coffee shop.

Merryweather, a photographer and co-owner of Coop Ale Works, is a frequent traveler and said he was always impressed at how such food markets served as community gathering spots.

“I've seen it in other cities — Portland, San Antonio, Austin — they all do great night markets. There are enough foodies here, we've seen how popular the trucks are, and this might be a good way to bring everyone together.”

It was during an open house party hosted by Elemental Coffee that Merryweather dreamed up the idea of doing a nighttime food market in Oklahoma City.

“I looked at the craft, and how could we get others involved,” Merryweather said. “It's a win-win for all.”

For the first market, which is set to run the last Friday of each month, vendors will include Big Truck Tacos, Cuppies and Joe, and The Munchbox, a relative newcomer to the food truck market that serves a mix of American fare.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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H&8th will be hosted from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. the last Friday of each month at 815 N Hudson. To learn more, follow H&8th on Twitter at @h_n_8th

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