Construction is nearing completion and auditions are scheduled for next month as the Coyote Ugly Saloon prepares to bring its dancing bartenders to Bricktown.
The bar at 121 E California along the Bricktown Canal joins the recently opened Michael Murphy’s Dueling Pianos as the entertainment mix continues to evolve in the century-old warehouse district. Saloon founder Liliana "Lil” Lovell, who had been featured in a series of reality shows overseeing auditions of attractive female bartenders who dance on bar tops, will be interviewing Bricktown employees June 13 and 14. "Oklahoma City is a great fit for Coyote Ugly,” Lovell said. "Bricktown has been on our radar for a while now. With the arrival of the Thunder professional basketball team though, we felt the time was right. I look forward to many great years in Oklahoma City.” Lee Killingsworth, head of marketing for the saloon, said the chain sees a lot of similarities between the location in Bricktown and a saloon along the RiverWalk in San Antonio. "We really like that one a lot,” Killingsworth said. "We look at cities with more than 1 million people, and I really do specifically target entertainment districts.” The bar was set to open in March, but Killingsworth said the project ran into delays because of licensing requirements.