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New Bricktown saloon to offer customers a howling good time

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Published: May 13, 2009
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.


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