Downtown Oklahoma City predictions for 2013

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: January 18, 2013 at 10:58 am •  Published: January 18, 2013
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The Wormy Dog relocation to the east side of Bricktown seems like a significant development, particularly with the retail component and the number of hotels planned. How important is this move to Bricktown entertainment?

A lot is yet to be seen with the Wormy Dog redevelopment. Certainly the price, $2.4 million, would indicate they are looking at a project that is far more ambitious than the Wormy Dog currently operating a block to the west. Dream up your ideal vision of how such a venue might be developed; it could be very cool for Bricktown. But let's wait and see what happens.

With the success of Kitchen 324, will we see more dining options downtown open during the weekend?

Good Egg Dining has a hit on its hands Kitchen No. 324. As I wrote in last week’s OKC Central column, owners Keith and Heather Paul have broken all the rules: they dared to open a restaurant in the central business district with no parking, no big visitor draws nearby, and expected to have customers on the weekends. And they are drawing a full house every Saturday and Sunday, open to close. I can’t imagine restaurant operators aren’t watching this development. But will they match the Pauls in terms of taking such a big risk?

With the lack of parking in the downtown OKC area, do you see the growth of downtown being hindered due to no place for people to park?

Hard to say. More garages are being built. And a lot of hope is riding on the MAPS 3 streetcar system restructuring how downtown flows. But right now? Yeah, it's an issue.

Read the complete chat transcript here.

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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