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Timeline of Oklahoma City MidTown food festival raid

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 30, 2011


• With so much in dispute about the raid of the H&8th outdoor food market Friday night, all involved sides agreed they read a story previewing the event earlier that day in The Oklahoman.

• Officials with ABLE, the Oklahoma City/County Health Department, and Oklahoma City inspectors all verified Monday they weren't aware of the event until after they read the story.

• Organizers Laura Massenat, Jonathan Stranger and J.D. Merryweather say they started planning the event in July. Stranger visited with the ABLE Commission on Wednesday and believed he had obtained all required permits and was cleared to sell alcohol at the event.

• Operators of the Big Truck Taco and Munchbox food trucks both said they applied for required permits and also believed they had cleared all hurdles (efforts to reach operators of the Hugo's food stand were unsuccessful on Monday).

• Massenat said her staff reviewed required permits by both Big Truck and the Munchbox, but not Hugo's, before the event starting at 8 p.m. Friday.

That day Massenat learned she was rejected for one permit required for outdoor events. She chose to proceed with the event despite lacking the permit.

• Records show city inspectors began voicing concerns about the market at 9 a.m. after seeing the newspaper story. Sometime that day, inspectors with the health department saw the story and agreed to add the market to their previously-planned sweep of food trucks in south Oklahoma City.

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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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