The "Coyotes” hit the bar-top Wednesday night, just in time for what’s expected to be a busy weekend for Coyote Ugly’s new outpost along the Bricktown Canal. The "Coyotes” — female bartenders who dance and sing — greeted a capacity crowd for the bar’s opening at 7 p.m. They immediately jumped onto the bar and danced to a mix of classic and hard rock while the crowd cheered them. "Welcome to Coyote Ugly!” yelled founder Liliana Lovell, who followed up with a couple of curse words and challenge to the crowd to get rowdy. Joining Lovell was Jacqi Squatriaglia, who co-stars with her in the television series "The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search.” The pair, along with veteran Coyotes from across the country, will be overseeing the opening through Sunday. Lovell and Killingsworth said they were both happy and surprised by the "hundreds” of applicants for the bar’s 28 Coyote positions. "They are very talented girls, and we had a lot more singers than I expected,” Killingsworth said. "I was surprised by that. In Nashville, we expected it, but here, we were amazed.” Lovell, glancing around the bar just before it opened, didn’t hesitate bragging on what she thinks makes her bars popular. "These girls are hot,” Lovell said. "It’s so cool because I’ve been listening to the radio announcer upstairs, and he’s been watching the girls come in and they are unbelievably good looking. I won’t lie — they’re not my best dancing group — but they’ll make it do, they’ll make it happen.”
Auditions gruelingOne of the new bartenders, "Cristhian,” made the move from Rok Bar next door. "Sometimes for auditions you just have to hope what they’re looking for,” Cristhian said. "It was pretty gruesome and amazing with Jacqi. It was very different from your normal dance auditions.” The Bricktown bar was announced just before the economy crashed in the fall. Lovell said her business took a dive last fall, but picked up again in January and the clubs are doing well. She admits she’s having a fun time overseeing a nationwide chain (12 clubs in eight states) that began with a small New York City bar made famous by the 2000 movie, "Coyote Ugly.” "One of my former bartenders wrote an article in GQ. Jerry Bruckheimer’s company saw it and licensed the name from me. Me and a few of the bartenders were kind of real, but the rest of it was made up. It was nice fiction.”
IN BRICKTOWNCoyote Ugly, 121 E California (on the Bricktown Canal) is part of a wave of new entertainment-oriented businesses and attractions opening in the district this year. It joins Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar, the soon-to-open American Banjo Museum and upcoming Academy of Contemporary Music as new Bricktown attractions.