Oklahoma City appeals to ‘Coyotes’ at new Bricktown bar

STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: June 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm •  Published: June 25, 2009
won’t lie — they’re not my best dancing group — but they’ll make it do, they’ll make it happen.”

Auditions grueling
One 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.”

Coyote 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.

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