Music, entertainment complex planned for east Bricktown in Oklahoma City

The owners of the Wormy Dog Saloon are looking to move the venue into east Bricktown where they have bought a portion of the former Stewart Metal Fabricators plant.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: January 18, 2013 at 9:48 am •  Published: January 18, 2013

The owners of Bricktown's Wormy Dog Saloon are looking to move the venue into east Bricktown where they have bought a portion of the former Stewart Metal Fabricators plant to turn into a mixed-use retail and entertainment complex.

The property at 420 to 500 E Sheridan covers 1.47 acres and was the last parcel of the old steel plant to be sold by former owner Robert Meinders. Brett Price with Sperry Van Ness/Timothy Strange Associates represented Meinders, while Phat Matt Enterprises, which paid $2.56 million for the property, was represented by W. Mark Hyde II with Equity Commercial Realty.

The Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan Ave., is Bricktown's longest running live music venue, co-owned by Ronnye Farmer, Philip Randolph and the band Cross Canadian Ragweed. The venue is dedicated to “red dirt music,” a country genre originated in Stillwater.

“We've been looking at it for nine months,” Farmer said. “Where we've been, it's a 100-year-old building. It has all the problems that come with that. We're leasing, and our agreement ends in 2014.”

Farmer said studies are still under way for the property and he is unable to share details about the proposed development or a possible construction schedule.

Both Farmer and Randolph, however, say they're very optimistic about the area's future.

“I see the east end of Bricktown developing much as the west end has developed,” Randolph said. “When we started in 2003, Crabtown and the Wormy Dog were pretty much it on this end. It was dark after that.”


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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