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New Bricktown saloon to offer customers a howling good time

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Published: May 13, 2009
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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.