OKC Central with Steve Lackmeyer: March 28 chat recap

Oklahoman Modified: March 28, 2014 at 11:11 am •  Published: March 28, 2014

NewsOK Sports 10:11 a.m. Good morning everybody!

Steve 10:11 a.m. Let's try that again.
Steve 10:12 a.m. I am at the new Ambassador Hotel in Midtown with owner Paul Coury, and we're ready to take questions and comments.
Bob 10:12 a.m. Good Morning, Steve. What a crazy week you have had. Lots of good stories.
Steve 10:12 a.m. Thanks!
Gary T 10:12 a.m. Good morning Steve, Paul and Jeff and Happy Friday to you all. You have hotels in Tulsa, KC, Wichita and now OKC. What made you all decide to stay and operate hotels here versus opening hotels in larger markets?
Steve 10:13 a.m. PAUL: We focus more on regional, second tier markets. Our goal is to expand into bigger cities over the next five years.
Gary T 10:13 a.m. What is one thing Midtown is lacking that you think would make a big impact on the area?
Steve 10:14 a.m. PAUL: A parking garage is the biggest thing. All the other things are in place; residential, bars, restaurants, retail. It's a good mix. It's a very charming area.
Gary T 10:14 a.m. What made you all decide on the Osler building in Midtown versus some of the other older buildings in other parts of the city?
Steve 10:14 a.m. PAUL: This building has always caught my eye. It looked like a hotel to me. It was a historical building, which is something I try to do. The area seemed ready for it.
Gary T 10:15 a.m. There is so much development going on in your immediate vicinity (Edge apartments, Fassler/Dust bowl, H&8th, Saints Anthony's, Food Truck court, etc). Which development are you most excited about?
Steve 10:16 a.m. PAUL: The Ambassador Hotel (laughs). I think the food trucks are fun. They've been very successful in Tulsa on Guthrie Greens. I think it will bring a whole other element of people. I'm seeing elsewhere they're doing retail trucks, where they have boutique clothing - it looks so cool. People were lined up. I think this will be the next wave. It's portable. You move it to the people.
Guest 10:17 a.m. Is there any reason this chat didn't open for questions until 10:09? This has been a problem two weeks in a row now.
Steve 10:17 a.

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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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