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Looking back to the future of Bricktown

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: February 5, 2008
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Frillz, featuring hand-painted clothing; Satin & Lace & Funny Face, with hand-painted porcelain-and-fabric dolls; Cajun Connection, books and spices; Dallas Western Wear, with jeans, boots and hats; and D.B. McCalls, a mock country store with clothing and gifts.

At the corner of Munger and Market Street, just across the street from the Marketplace, is the Spaghetti Warehouse, featuring a great Italian food menu. One block south is more Italian food. On Ross Avenue, further south, are Dick's Last Resort, featuring live jazz; and the Outback Pub, Australian-style items with occasional live music.

At 702 Ross is the West End Cabaret, a theater with drinks and a changing "menu” of performances, including the Dallas Lyric Opera. On Pacific Avenue are the Pacific Pearl, featuring Chinese food; Grumbles, with burgers and munchies; and the Voodoo Room, an exotic bar featuring steel band reggae music on weekends. Further south and west are the West End Pub, an old-fashioned bar, and Morton's of Chicago, a basement steak house.

That is just a sampling of the things you can find at the West End.

But that's not all. The West End Marketplace is a trip all by itself. The marketplace is a renovated warehouse complex that has been turned into a four-level market, featuring more than 100 small shops and vendors. What can you find at the Marketplace? You name it. Clothing, fun gifts, T-shirts, souvenirs and snack food.

So, how are the West End and Bricktown similar? They both have a Spaghetti Warehouse. And that's about it. What is keeping Oklahoma City's Bricktown from being as lively and vibrant as Dallas' West End? A lot of elbow grease and a little bit of financial commitment.

That's all.

If I had a bit of extra money, which I don't, I would sink some of it into Bricktown to start: 1) a Hard Rock Cafe franchise. 2) a dinner theater, which could house both live theater and film. And, in about two years, I would be rich.

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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