Oklahoma City gun range cafe has attracted attention for seeking a liquor license

Wilshire Gun will have 24 shooting lanes — a dozen 25-yard, six 35-yard and six 100-yard — as well as 10 premiere archery lanes, all with digital dispatch and retrieval of targets, representatives said.
By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer Published: May 5, 2014
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An artist rendering of Wilshire Gun under construction in the 600 block of W Wilshire Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The shooting ranges will be in a building that once served as a grocer’s warehouse. Photos by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
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An artist rendering of Wilshire Gun under construction in the 600 block of W Wilshire Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The shooting ranges will be in a building that once served as a grocer’s warehouse. Photos by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

An Oklahoma City gun range cafe has attracted attention for seeking a liquor license.

But there’s more to the story than simply saying the gun range and cafe, scheduled to open this spring, hopes to offer both shooting and shooters.

“The gun range is not getting a liquor license. The restaurant is getting the liquor license,” said Jane Moran, 56, co-owner and marketing manager at Wilshire Gun, 615 W Wilshire Blvd.

The restaurant, called the Range Cafe, will take up 4 percent of the space in the 40,000-square-foot building, Moran said.

“(The restaurant) isn’t part of the gun range. The gun range area is completely separate from it. It’s housed in the same building, that is true,” Moran said. “But it’s not like there’s a bar in the gun range.”

Wilshire Gun ensures an alcohol policy focusing on safety, she said.

“Patrons are required to remove and secure all personal firearms from designated areas prior to consumption of alcoholic beverages,” the range’s policy states. “Consumption of alcohol requires scan of Driver’s License barcode which then denies patron access to any shooting range (firearm or archery) for the remainder of that day.”

In addition, Wilshire Gun’s safety officers will be trained in standardized field sobriety testing, Moran said. Employees will be able to spot and address guests’ impairment related to alcohol or other physical signs of stress or anxiety. No one can enter the ranges without passing safety personnel.

On April 10, Moran and other representatives from Wilshire Gun went before the Oklahoma City Planning Commission with a zoning application to allow for alcohol sales at the location. This was separate from the liquor license process, Moran said.

In basic terms, because alcohol has never been sold in the zoning district where the Wilshire Gun facility is located, business operators had to take the necessary steps to get it approved.

“We are applying for a ‘caterer/mix beverage.’ We are not applying to be a bar,” she said. “The parameters are that more than 50 percent of your sales have to be from food.”

Moran estimates 85 percent of their sales at the restaurant will be from food.

The fact was also brought up by Wilshire Gun officials that Oklahomans licensed to conceal/open carry firearms can already go to restaurants with their guns where alcohol is served.



Patrons are required to remove and secure all personal firearms from designated areas prior to consumption of alcoholic beverages. Consumption of alcohol requires scan of Driver’s License barcode which then denies patron access to any shooting range (firearm or archery) for the remainder of that day.”

Stated from the gun range’s policy,

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