Bricktown Canal ‘Redneck Venice’? Not even close

by Richard Mize Published: October 31, 2009
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Did y’all hear what Robin Williams said about the Bricktown Canal the other night when he was carryin’ on out at the Ford Center?

He called it the Redneck Venice! You know, that town in France or wherever with all the creeks runnin’ through it.

It was on OKC Central, my good buddy Steve Lackmeyer’s blog contraption, and he got it off that Twitter, so ya know it must be true.

Awful nice of ya, Mork, but, I’ll swan, Bricktown has got itself a long ways to go before it can live up to that.

You might not reckon so for a place with a Hooters, a Coyote Ugly, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, the Wormy Dog Saloon, Cadillac Jack’s Rockin’ Country Bar, Pearl’s Crabtown (home of the Bubba Bucket), plus the American Banjo Museum and Bass Pro Shops — all within shoutin’ distance of a six-story buildin’ with a dadgum full-size U-Haul truck rotatin’ on the roof, and all of that across the highway from a place as big as Bricktown itself that’s been a cotton oil press since territory days.

But there is!

Here, y’all, are some redneck development ideas for Bricktown — at a perfect time, Halloween, for givin’ my hoity-toity Okie friends nightmares!

First rattle out of the chute, get Nonna’s Ristorante & Bar to spell "restaurant” right and add redneck vinaigrette — bacon grease from the can on the stove and vinegar from a glass bottle picked up at the Walmarts Trailer To-Go set up Saturday afternoons along Vince Gill Avenue — to the menu.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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