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Grandad's brings 'old school' back to Uptown NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City

The newest addition to the Uptown 23rd Street corridor in Oklahoma City is a bar where old guitars replace flat screen televisions and where a cold beer might be found in a 70-year-old Frigidaire “Cold Wall.”
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 28, 2012

“I remember when my grandmother would bring me to NW 23 when Streets (department store) was here — it was the end of the area's heyday,” Seal said. “Even in college I got to go to a couple of rock shows at the Tower Theater before it was shut down all together.”

Resurgence in the area

Grandad's, a nonsmoking bar, joins a growing list of businesses and developers being drawn to NW 23, which is being re-branded as Uptown 23rd Street.

About a block west, at 600 NW 23, Pizza 23 and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt are set to open across the street from Big Truck Tacos, 530 NW 23. Big Truck Tacos, along with Cheever's Cafe, 2409 N Hudson, are an inspiration to Seal as he prepares to open his first bar.

“They rolled the dice, they were doing all right, and if there is to be a resurgence for the area, we want to be a part of it,” Seal said.

Seal's wife, Jennifer, is equally excited about the area's future and is helping relaunch the Uptown 23rd Street Association that was last led by Michael Smith, whose own interior design store once included the space now set to become Granddad's.

To date the association has signed up leading restaurants and shops in the area, hosted block cleanups and started social media promotion of the strip.

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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