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Oklahoma City's MidTown to get new entertainment venues

Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl, a popular Tulsa beer garden and old fashioned bowling alley, will soon find a second home in Oklahoma City's MidTown.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 18, 2013

The building's design is influenced by the slope of the property itself. The Dust Bowl will front NW 10, which is at the lower elevation, while Fassler Hall will open up on the building's second floor — but at street level to the north — along Park Place.

Both venues will be larger than the originals in Tulsa.

“In Tulsa, it's eight lanes, and when we built it, the idea was a lot of these new bowling alleys have gone upscale, and for me, the 1970s style with pitchers of beer is what I like,” Nelson said. “It has manual scoring; it's easier to socialize if you don't have a computer prodding you to bowl.”

Accordion walls allow for the creation of two private, two-lane rooms for private parties, with a total of 12 lanes. The new 11,000-square-foot Dust Bowl also will feature pool tables, arcade games, a bar and lounge.

Lingo Construction is expected to begin work this fall, with an opening in summer, 2014.

The development of Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl coincide with a flurry of development underway in MidTown, apartments opening up nearby at 1212 N Walker, 430 NW 12, and Hadden Hall and the Guardian Garage along NW 10.

MidTown Renaissance also has drawn in new restaurants, clubs, salons and shops to the area, along with redevelopment of the Osler Building at NW 12 and Walker into the future Ambassador Hotel.

Chris Fleming, a partner in MidTown Renaissance, said he sees Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl being the next components for the growing downtown neighborhood. The building also will include 16,000 square feet of for-lease retail space.

“McNellie's and Elliott Neson have been involved in the revitalization of MidTown since its infancy,” Fleming said. “From it's opening in 2008 McNellie's has been MidTown's social epicenter. Fassler Hall and Dust Bowl should cause that epicenter to expand. These two concepts are complimentary additions to the neighborhood.”

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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