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The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: July 12, 2013 at 11:43 am •  Published: July 12, 2013
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The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.


Justin 10:04 a.m. I saw your blurb about being ready to address a question that comes up every week. I'm guessing we finally get some more solid information about the Enogex/Clearpoint/ArcLight tower?
Gary T 10:04 a.m. What is the topic that you are prepared to address this week that comes up every week? Mystery Tower? Tower Theatre? What company is moving to OKC? Other?
Steve 10:06 a.m. Testing...
Steve 10:10 a.m. Week after week. a couple of topics come up ... I realize people are eager to see me address this issue. It's a question that some deem vital to downtown... they want to know if it will happen, and if so, when, and what the ramifications might be....
Steve 10:13 a.m. Forgive me as I deal with more glitches with Cover it Live.
10:13 a.m.
Steve 10:14 a.m. Yes, Tyler, I'm visiting Waffle House for the first time in my life.
Steve 10:14 a.m. I am doing live chat here at Waffle House. We don't have one downtown. Some folks seem obsessed with getting a Waffle House downtown.
Steve 10:15 a.m. The food is surprisingly good - better than Denny's or IHOP. The service is actually very good - better than some notable downtown eateries.
Steve 10:16 a.m. It's open 24/7. It's got the feeling of a traditional short order cook diner. Would it do well downtown? You bet. But Tyler - I really wish someone local would attempt the concept as well. And no, I don't see a Waffle House topping a new tower.
Steve 10:16 a.m. So there you have it folks... I hope this topic is addressed once and for all. I realize you've been wanting to see me address this week after week.
Steve 10:17 a.m. Now let's get on to other topics. I can't imagine there's anything else you're interesting in....
Mark 10:17 a.m. Are we getting close to a new tower announcement? Within the month?
Steve 10:17 a.m. Based on what I'm hearing from those involved, we should hear something this month.
Steve 10:18 a.m. I will add that soil studies, other inquiries are wrapped up.
BethanySooner 10:18 a.m. Hey Steve. If an unnamed local energy company were to be on the brink of announcing the building of a new office tower downtown, and the news came out just this past week that the Federal Government was in the process of suing said unnamed local energy company, might that cause a delay in the announcement?
Steve 10:19 a.m. Anything can cause a delay on a project like this. But I'd also point out these are not frivolous decisions being made. Towers are built based on long term needs and considerations, not short term challenges.
Travis 10:19 a.m. Steve, thank you for taking the time for this. Do you know what the current status of Core to Shore is?
Steve 10:21 a.m. Most of the land has been acquired for the Core to Shore park. Negotiations are ongoing for the convention center site. Developers are showing some interest in the properties surrounding the park. But big questions remain as to how to fund operations of the park. A lot of assumptions were made about operational costs with the park and wellness centers. We are now seeing those assumptions were too rosy with the wellness centers. I suspect similar discoveries are ahead with the park.
Andrew 10:22 a.m. I'll stay away from questions about the Mystery Tower since I'm sure there will be tons about that. What I'm most interested in is the MidtownR property at 10th & Hudson. Do you have any details about that you can share?
Steve 10:22 a.m. Not yet, but just know that Bob Howard, Chris Fleming and Mickey Clagg are keeping busy.
JRich 10:22 a.m. What are all the changes to the Sante Fe Parking garage? Everything looks really random right now.
Steve 10:24 a.m. The garage is getting a makeover of sorts. The facade will be cleaned up, some colorful panels are being added, new signage and other improvements intended to make the garage less of an outdated eyesore.
10:25 a.m.
Gary T 10:26 a.m. A few years ago, The Hill was the one downtown housing development I was most worried about. Now with phase 1 being sold out, KD moving in, do you think this will be built out to the full 157 townhomes they had envisioned?
Steve 10:29 a.m. Testing
Steve 10:29 a.m. Gotta love it when Cover it Live trashes a long answer...
Steve 10:29 a.m. I hate you Cover it Live.
Steve 10:29 a.m. So let me answer again (Tiffany - help!)
Steve 10:32 a.m. Gary, I think sales will continue to be brisk at The Hill. A year ago I too doubted the viability of the development. But the market has spoken. And now, with an elementary being built downtown and the arrival of Kevin Durant, I expect sales to pick up even more at The Hill.
BethanySooner 10:32 a.m. In your interview with Richard McKown two weeks ago he stated that he believed that initial residential development around the new 'Union Park' would occur on the east side along Robinson rather than the west side along Hudson. Do you have any idea why development would start there first? Does Mr McKown have property/plans for that area?
Steve 10:35 a.m. Lovely. Another lost answer.
Steve 10:36 a.m. TIFFANY!?!?!??????? (Tiffany is OKC Central's version of Scotty on the Enterprise)
Steve 10:38 a.m. Testing
Steve 10:38 a.m. Richard McKown is not, to my knowledge, looking at Core to Shore. But he's right - developers I'm talking to are most interested in Robinson Avenue. It makes sense. It's closest to Bricktown, Deep Deuce and the Central Business District. And it makes eventual linkage to the river and Capitol Hill that much more feasible.
Nick 10:39 a.m. Good morning, Steve! Really looking forward to today's chat. Is this the morning we find out something new about Mystery Tower? Maybe the Tower Theatre? Maybe Midtown Renaissance's plans for their block on 10th St.?
Steve 10:39 a.m. Waffle House buddy. Waffle House.
Nick 10:39 a.m. What's the opposition to the Journal Record building proposal that came out awhile ago?
Steve 10:40 a.m. I don't think there's an issue of opposition now as much as it's a question of making the numbers work.
Gary T 10:40 a.m. What is the latest on the Dowell Center renovation?
Steve 10:40 a.m. Rick goes at his own pace. He'll get it done. When he's ready to.
Gary T 10:40 a.m. Any more news on the upper floors in Bricktown being renovated and utilized? I know the Brix building was looking at it, but I didn't know if they had started.
Steve 10:40 a.m. Let me look into that.
Guest 10:41 a.m. What timeline are you hearing for "The Rise"? Do you see it opening within 6 months?
Steve 10:41 a.m. The building is empty now, and I saw some activity in back of the building yesterday.
Guest 10:41 a.m. What's it going to take for the Tower Theatre to get the care it needs? New owners, investors?
Steve 10:41 a.m. Probably. Call Marty Dillon and tell him you want to see him sell.
BethanySooner 10:42 a.m. Midtown is really taking off with initial investments by the Midtown Renaissance group. Are you aware of anyone with vision and deep pockets who might start renovating some of the abandoned buildings to the southwest of the Central Business District to be the type of catalyst to that area that the MTR group was to Midtown? Fred Jones Hall family maybe?
Steve 10:42 a.m. I think the players we have on board are pretty much it for now.
CMC 10:42 a.m. Steve, is Costco actively looking to put a store in the OKC area?
Steve 10:42 a.m. That's what I keep hearing. Trader Joe's is searching as well.
Gary T 10:43 a.m. With the school starting construction, Film Row coming along and a tower destined for the Stage Center site, do you think we will start to see more development along West California? Do you see that as being an expansion of Film Row?
Steve 10:43 a.m. Yes.
Kenneth 10:43 a.m. Why are school kids not taught about the Tulsa race riots in Oklahoma history class?
Steve 10:44 a.m. Because we do a terrible job teaching history in general. I'm extremely saddened to have learned the library system has only two closely guarded copies of Clara Luper's "Behold the Walls," the definitive history of our city's civil rights era.
J-Rod 10:44 a.m. The Spokies people say they are looking to expand by 2 stations a year. Would they entertain the idea of districts like Plaza, Uptown, OUHSC purchasing their own stations so they don't have to wait 3-4 years to be part of the program?
Steve 10:44 a.m. I imagine they might.
Kenneth 10:44 a.m. Did Kenneth Trentadue hang himself?
Steve 10:46 a.m. Wow, that's a question from left field. I covered that death for the first year or two after it happened. I'm convinced from the autopsy, the attempt by the federal government to withhold information, and comments shared by sources at the Medical Examiner's office at the time that someone was trying to engage in a cover up of what really happened.
CMC 10:46 a.m. Steve, have you heard of any potential tenants for the vacant Coach's at the Ballpark?
Steve 10:46 a.m. Nope.
Pat 10:46 a.m. Hi Steve, Any names associated with the Mystery Tower, architects etc ? Thanks
Steve 10:47 a.m. Yes.
Slush Puppies Husband 10:47 a.m. Any idea what they're building west of the Earl's Rib Palace on the south side of Memorial Road, just east of MacArthur? I know that's a bit outside your downtown purview, but if anybody knows, it's gotta be you.
Steve 10:47 a.m. Isn't that out in the Panhandle?
J-Rod 10:47 a.m. Steve, I know you really like the Farmers Market District, but there doesn't seem to be much appeal to that area besides the Farmers Market Building. Traffic is terrible, buildings are falling apart and empty lots look like jungles. Is there any hope to turn this district around and make it a nightly vibrant place?
Steve 10:48 a.m. All of these same concerns were voiced about MidTown and Film Row. Have vision. Yes, Farmers Market has incredible potential and the early investors will likely do well.
Guest 10:48 a.m. Which hotel do you think will open first? Aloft, Hilton Garden Inn or Ambassador. Which one do you think will have more appeal to the nightlife in it's neighborhood?
Steve 10:49 a.m. The Hilton Garden Inn may open first, Aloft second, Ambassador third. The Ambassador will be the biggest game changer.
Dave 10:49 a.m. There was a community meeting last night regarding a streetscaping project for Western Avenue. If the powers that be agree on design are there any obstacles that would prevent the project from moving forward? Are you aware of an anticipated timeline for the project?
Steve 10:49 a.m. City Hall always has a way of either making a project easy or difficult. That's all I'll say on this.
Guy asking a question about Steves job 10:49 a.m. Hi Steve. What is the hardest part of your job?
Steve 10:52 a.m. Testing.
Steve 10:52 a.m. Tiffany? Another lost answer!
Steve 10:53 a.m. Short answer: this chat.
CWJ 10:53 a.m. The GE Global Research Center seems to be the rope in a Tug-of-War match between Norman and Oklahoma City. Can you confirm the locations in each city that are being considered and what advantages each city has in the match-up?
Steve 10:53 a.m. University of Oklahoma campus, health-sciences district east of downtown Oklahoma City.
Dr. Jo Harding 10:53 a.m. What do you think of Kevin Durant owning a house in Deep Deuce??
Steve 10:54 a.m. I think it spark even more interesting in buying homes on The Hill.
Ya 10:54 a.m. What did you think about the Western Ave Town Hall last night?
Steve 10:54 a.m. I wasn't able to attend.
Gary T 10:54 a.m. With the addition of the DD Holiday Inn Express and Skinny Slims gaining in popularity, do you see the gap from Bricktown to Deep Deuce being shortened? What else do you think would bridge that gap more?
Steve 10:54 a.m. I think the gap will quickly disappear.
Guest 10:54 a.m. Steve, you're originally from the East Coast right? If not, are you familiar with Row Homes? With all the new development ideas, it would be nice if a developer would switch it up and build traditional row homes, similar to those found it Baltimore or Philly. Any plans in place for the area North of 6th Street, along Oklahoma Ave that backs I-235?
Steve 10:55 a.m. Yes, I'm originally from New York. Moved here more than 30 years ago. Wouldn't you agree the Brownstones at Maywood Park attempted to create the feel of row homes? It hasn't fared too well.
RONALDO 10:56 a.m. Have you heard when the next Central Park meeting is? Do you know if the historic society is going to try to save the original Film Exchange Buildings?
Steve 10:56 a.m. I fear the film exchange building is doomed. The city wants a clear site.
Elise 10:56 a.m. Good morning Steve. Since all of those lots on the north side of 4th Street between Dewey (I think) and Shartel have been purchased, I noticed they seemed to have been surveyed and are mowed more regularly. Is there something in the near future going to happen there?
Steve 10:56 a.m. Not sure.
Xavier 10:57 a.m. Clearly the topic you are going to be addressing, in full, is our weekly waffle questions. If not, can you please tell us what your best guess on the first big development (not including park) will be in the Core to Shore area once the boulevard is done?
Steve 10:57 a.m. Waffle House buddy... Waffle House....
Steve 10:57 a.m. I suspect housing will be the first development in Core to Shore.
HP Lovecraft 10:57 a.m. I'm about to move to OKC. While home shopping in the core, I was surprised at the major lack of sidewalks in neighborhoods and, more importantly, on major city streets (e.g., Villa). I see kids walking to school in the morning IN THE STREET by speeding cars because there is nowhere else to walk. I know MAPS is adding sidewalks, but it's clearly not enough. What can we do to get more sidewalks in the core?
Steve 11:00 a.m. Oklahoma City decided to ignore building sidewalks for a half century. It's a decision that has only been reversed this last decade. You need to contact your city council person and demand that more money go toward sidewalks. Ask that money be included in the next bond issue that is to be submitted to voters.
Jjohn H 11:00 a.m. Is there any more info on Stage Center site
Steve 11:00 a.m. Not yet.
Dr. Jo Harding 11:00 a.m. GET THESE GLITCHES TOGETHER, STEVE!!!!!!
Steve 11:00 a.m. Tell Tiffany.
Pat 11:00 a.m. Good one Steve - You tricked us...LOL
Eric 11:01 a.m. Steve don't tease us. haha
Brandon 11:01 a.m. I feel duped right now!
Kerry 11:01 a.m. Not so fast Steve - is a Waffle House coming downtown? I know it gets a lot of jokes but I actually like Waffle House. My kids really like sitting at the counter. I would welcome one downtown somewhere.
Steve 11:01 a.m. I can ask the waitress. She's nice. Otherwise, I have no way of knowing.
Brad 11:01 a.m. Steve- longtime reader, first time writer. Any news on Midtown projects The Garage (near Park Plaza) or Fassler Hall/Dust Bowl?
Steve 11:02 a.m. Maybe. Nothing set yet.
LoveOKC 11:02 a.m. Hey Steve, Loved those photos! We have a record of long serving county commissioners city councilors and mayor, (3 current for over 12 years). Seems like most all big cities have term limits, much like what has been overwhelming approved by voters in our conservative red state for our legislators, what do you think the voter response would be if term limits was brought up for county and city seats?
Tiffany 11:02 a.m. We apologize for the technical errors, folks. Unfortunately, we don't have much control over Cover It Live, but we'll work on it next week to solve the problem.
Steve 11:03 a.m. I guess you have to stop and ask yourself, are we any better off with the 20-something folks who have taken over the statehouse since term limits were voted in for lawmakers.
Steve 11:03 a.m. Thanks Tiffany. BTW: Tiffany truly is Scotty ... she's awesome.
Steve 11:04 a.m. She's also a rollergirl, so she's got that going as well.
Eric 11:04 a.m. How do you think that the announcement will shake up the downtown market, positive /negative?
Steve 11:04 a.m. What announcement?
Anonymous Broker 11:04 a.m. The new tower is a 4 story high rise with stucco finish and a pitched roof. The designer on the project is a famous suburban homebuilder from Edmond.
Steve 11:04 a.m. No.
Angad 11:04 a.m. If Waffle House everything you ever dreamed it would be?
Steve 11:05 a.m. I can't ever recall dreaming about Waffle House. But it's certainly been a nice surprise.
Puncy 11:05 a.m. Have you been following the soccer flare up between the NASL and USL owners/leagues?
Steve 11:05 a.m. Yes. More rivalry between Brad Lund and the Funks.
Jedicurt 11:05 a.m. heard anything about when or if Journal Record is going to be building their garage/offices across Robinson from their current building?
Steve 11:06 a.m. Nothing new right now. They want the city to either assist or take on that part of the proposed development.
Kevin 11:06 a.m. FWIW, Glad you finally gave a Waffle house a try. Never eaten in a bad one, and I've been in a few over the years.
David 11:06 a.m. Without getting into too much trouble, can you give us any insight into the scope/size of the new mystery tower? Is it something that will surprise those who've been interested in the details for the past year?
Steve 11:07 a.m. If I ask Tyler, what are the odds he'll tell us it's the global headquarters for Waffle House?
Dr. Jo Harding 11:07 a.m. Where will next week's chat be live from? Kevin Durant's place in Deep Deuce??
Steve 11:07 a.m. That would be fun.
Guest 11:08 a.m. Steve, I have a suggestion for how to generate revenue for the operation of the Park....save the former City Rescue buildings and renovate them for restaurants with outdoor seating on the parkside and retail ie souvenier shops with kites, frisbees, blankets or anything else that people may use in a park....with office space above ...with those rents and sales taxes being specifically earmarked for park operations....good idea??
Steve 11:08 a.m. Yep
Marcus 11:08 a.m. Santa Fe Parking garage rates have already gone up for July. Went from $85 to $115 per month for non-reserved parking.
Steve 11:08 a.m. Yep.
Richard 11:09 a.m. What are your thoughts on the Carnegie Building not remodeling any of the outside? I think they are making a serious mistake leaving it like that.
Steve 11:09 a.m. Judy Hatfield has no choice - the project wasn't viable without historic tax credits, and the credits require keeping the original facade intact.
Bob 11:09 a.m. Can you ask your server for some pancakes?
Steve 11:10 a.m. No. I already enjoyed breakfast. I had an omelet.
Slush Puppies Husband 11:10 a.m. My mom worked as a Waffle House waitress while my dad attended preaching school. We ate good in those days. :-)
Curious 11:10 a.m. Did the lawfirm at Dewey and Sheridan get turned down for their ugly design?
Steve 11:11 a.m. No. They are polishing up their designs and resubmitting.
Steve 11:16 a.m. testing
Steve 11:18 a.m. Travis, whose question has been eaten up by the Danish socialists who created Cover it Live, asked if a House of Blues is possible for OKC. Yes, I do believe we can support a House of Blues.
Guest 11:18 a.m. Are there any big things in the works for the SoSA part of Midtown? There is a HUGE difference between the gentrified part of Midtown north of 10th and the SoSA area. I see a lot of potential but still way too many abandoned buildings. It would also be nice to see more cool bars in Midtown like in the Blue Dome district in Tulsa.
Steve 11:18 a.m. It's coming...
Argo 11:18 a.m. I belong to Circle Cinema in Tulsa and they have a great, renovated theatre now that shows lots of independent films we don't ever get here in OKC. The Tower Theatre would be a perfect fit for this. Would the people who run the film festival here be interested in taking this on?
Steve 11:19 a.m. I personally think the old Midtown theater on Hudson would be an even better fit for a Circle Cinema. But yes, Tower would be great too. The film festival folks? Not sure they have the resources. We also have a great independent film theater at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Guest 11:19 a.m. Charlestons is the new building on Memorial.
Argo 11:20 a.m. Any word about new tenants for Nichols Hills Plaza? Or is that a permanent ghost town now?
Steve 11:20 a.m. Deals are being attempted....
Argo 11:20 a.m. Are there any plans for sidewalks along 30th street? It is a busy street that connects Paseo to Western to Classen to Penn to May Avenue. Seems it could use some pedestrian accommodation.
Steve 11:20 a.m. Contact Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid and tell him you want to see sidewalks along NW 30.
LoveOKC 11:20 a.m. Don't know if my earlier question 25 mins ago, went through or got caught up in the CoverItLive Blackhole? :)
Steve 11:21 a.m. What was your question?
calvary fan 11:21 a.m. any new updates about the OCU law school moving? still on for aug of 2014?
Steve 11:21 a.m. Yep. I'll have an update soon
The Spokies Crew 11:21 a.m. We'd love for the Spokies bike share program to expand to districts like the Plaza and Uptown, but unfortunately, it's not always so easy. Because the program is a network, ideally, the kiosks would be less than 1/2 apart. If we place a station in Uptown 23rd, say, by Pizza 23, there would need to be a few kiosks in between. They'd end up in the Heritage Hills area, which isn't the most logical place for connecting kiosks (plus it's expensive!) But don't worry - we're certainly open exploring new ideas and we're always thinking of ways to grow. Glad you folks are interested!
Dr. Jo Harding 11:21 a.m. What do you think about poopytoilets?
Steve 11:21 a.m. You're weird.
Kevin C 11:21 a.m. Is KD keeping his Gallardia home?
Steve 11:21 a.m. I don't know.
Guest 11:22 a.m. any word on a grocer coming into the downtown/deep deuce area?
Steve 11:22 a.m. Yes. It's called Native Roots. It's open. You should give it a try.
South OKC Guest 11:22 a.m. Rumor has it that the former Homeland store at NW 39/Penn will be converted into six clubs by local entrepreneurs. I don't envision that happening though. Thoughts?
Steve 11:23 a.m. I don't know.
John 11:23 a.m. Which building is the Film Exchange building that is doomed. Where is it located
Steve 11:23 a.m. It's the old City Rescue Mission home along Robinson Avenue.
Guest 11:23 a.m. With all the talk of sidewalks...shouldn't the city of oklahoma city require developers and builders to incorporate sidewalks into new develoments??? We are using tax dollars to builds sidewalks now...so we the taxpayers are still paying for them...???
Steve 11:23 a.m. Yes, they are now required.
Oklahomie 11:23 a.m. I attended the Western Avenue meeting last night. The design by the folks from IQC (Blair Humphreys and Shane Hampton) was obviously well thought out... it will benefit not only visitors to the district, but residents and business owners too. Despite some parking concerns, a show of hands made it clear that nearly everyone supported the project.
South OKC Guest 11:24 a.m. What is the likelihood that there will not be a Triple AAA baseball team in OKC next year? Despite providing good, raw talent to the parent team, Houston just doesn't like us. Thoughts?
Steve 11:24 a.m. I think we'll be fine.
Bob 11:24 a.m. Steve, how would Tiffany look dressed in a little Star Trek outfit?
Steve 11:24 a.m. I'm not a fashion expert.
John 11:24 a.m. Not sure what is going on at Stage Center but was told my month to month parking lease (at stage center) would end July 31st as there will be new owners of the stage center property. No clue who though.
Steve 11:24 a.m. yep
Guest 11:25 a.m. If a guy wanted to convert an old building to a sheik downtown home, where should he look?
Steve 11:26 a.m. My favorites: the old Sunshine Cleaners, the Luster home in Deep Deuce, and the junked out gas station at NW 10 and Harvey.
James Craig 11:26 a.m. Steve, I think it's a shame that we still haven't seen a regular occupant of the restaurant at the myriad gardens. Are you aware of anyone looking to move into this location?
Steve 11:26 a.m. Talks are ongoing...
Mandy 11:26 a.m. Some cities around the country are experimenting with lowering their parking requirements. Do you think OKC should change their parking requirements at all?
Steve 11:26 a.m. We do not have parking requirements downtown.
BethanySooner 11:26 a.m. Is there anything in the works that will really surprise people - in a good way? Will it be announced this year? Housing, retail, office, other?
Steve 11:26 a.m. Yes.
Dr. Jo Harding 11:27 a.m. You think you're a big shot, don't ya?
Steve 11:27 a.m. No.
Elise 11:27 a.m. Do you think there is a place for a neighborhood of shotgun style houses on the edge of downtown? I, for one, would like to see some housing with yards for dogs, children etc.. in addition to the the townhouse, apartment, condo mix that is so prevalent in the plan down there.
Steve 11:27 a.m. Yes. Core to Shore west.
Gary T 11:27 a.m. Steve, I went to Native Roots for the first time yesterday and was really impressed with it. I think they can handle the crowd they have now, I am just worried about their longevity as the population in DD increases.
Guest 11:27 a.m. I think we should encourage more of the Pop Up restaurants or other great Pop Up ideas. Great way to get exposure for the participants and the city. Thoughts?
Steve 11:27 a.m. I agree.
Gary T 11:27 a.m. Guest (asking about converting a home downtown) look at the home on the north side of Sheridan between Lee and Dewey. Could be a very cool house if something took some time with it.
Cuatro 11:28 a.m. So there is a Middle Eastern elder looking for a downtown residence?
Steve 11:28 a.m. I'm not sure that's what the person meant.
Elise 11:28 a.m. Yes to the junked out gas station on 10th and Harvey. That would be a cool place to live!
Guest 11:28 a.m. I submitted a comment awhile back about Pop Ups. Where is it?
Steve 11:28 a.m. It posted.
Steve 11:29 a.m. FYI - the waitresses here at Waffle House are talking Kevin Durant's engagement and move to Deep Deuce. I'm learning a lot from them. I'm going to log off and learn something.
Gary T 11:29 a.m. Steve, how hard would it be to edit out some of the ridiculous questions you get annoyed by so you can take some time with the serious questions?
Steve 11:29 a.m. I actually do edit out a lot of the really stupid question. I allow a few to provide some comic relief.
John 11:29 a.m. I think the building may be the house on California betwen lee and sheridan. It is broken up into apts right now I believe
Gary T 11:29 a.m. Do you think the Newsok.com comments have gotten better or worse with the facebook comments?
Steve 11:30 a.m. Worse.
Travis 11:30 a.m. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Steve!!
Steve 11:30 a.m. Thank you. Just found out Keviin Durant's brother Tony is a regular here at Waffle House. This conversation is getting good. See ya later!
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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