Downtown Oklahoma City retail takes root on weekends

Kitchen No. 324 in Oklahoma City's Central Business District defies retail “rule” with crowds of weekend customers.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: January 8, 2013
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Paul, one of the city's leading restaurant operators (he also owns Tucker's, Iron Star Barbeque and Cheever's Cafe), adapted quickly and added brunch when these weekend crowds made it clear they loved breakfast so much at Kitchen No. 324 that they wanted it to be served through the early afternoon on weekends.

About those ‘rules'

The unwritten “rules” aren't necessarily nonsense — they were established when downtown's residential population was limited to just Sycamore Square and Regency Tower, and weekend urban diversions were simply not to be found, especially in the Central Business District.

Will other retailers follow suit? Downtown's first grocery, Native Roots Market, 131 NE 2 (in Deep Deuce immediately east of the Central Business District), is open seven days a week, including 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

More companies, many of which no longer adhere to a strict Monday-through-Friday workweek, a blossoming residential population and an increasing number of visitors may make the “rules” as obsolete as the notion that all life downtown had to cease after 5 p.m. each workday.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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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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