An application to the Oklahoma City Planning Department indicates POPS, the popular restaurant and convenience store on Route 66 in Arcadia, is preparing to open a location in Bricktown.
Plans show the restaurant would be next to the Chickasaw Nation's tourism office at 1 E Sheridan Ave. and is in space previously planned by the tribe for an eatery, gift shop and a Bedre Chocolates store.
Efforts to reach representatives of the Chickasaws and POPS on Friday were unsuccessful. POPS previously opened soda stands at Will Rogers World Airport last fall.
The application to the Planning Department, which oversees the Bricktown Urban Design Commission, shows the restaurant will occupy the front half of the building's first floor and will include lunch counters similar to those at the POPS in Arcadia.
The plans also show an outdoor dining area to the east of the restaurant in a former alley way between the building and the neighboring American Banjo Museum.
In a 2010 interview, Paige Williams, tourism director for the tribe, said the Bricktown location was designed to introduce the diverse offerings of the Chickasaw Nation to tourists and convention attendees already in the area.
She envisioned the Bricktown center as a new gateway that also will allow visitors with no time to visit south-central Oklahoma to still see what the tribal nation has to offer and a chance to take gifts created by the tribe home to their families.
“We are delighted with the decision to locate the offices and information center within the hub of tourism for Oklahoma,” Williams said.
“Our hope is to encourage visitors to experience south-central Oklahoma by extending their vacations or returning to Oklahoma at a later date to visit the Chickasaw Nation,” Williams said.