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Temporary eatery, pop-up shops are set to open at Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City

A temporary eatery and pop-up shops are set to open this winter as part of the expanding Downtown in December festivities at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012
/articleid/3728547/1/pictures/1883769">Photo - The Devon Ice Rink and empty restaurant is pictured at the Myriad Gardens. <strong>SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS</strong>
The Devon Ice Rink and empty restaurant is pictured at the Myriad Gardens. SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

The city and the Myriad Gardens Foundation have been unable to find an operator for the restaurant. The one bid submitted by the Deep Fork Restaurant Group proposed a burger and shake eatery and was rejected.

Heffernan, hired as foundation director after the restaurant was built, hopes the temporary eatery might show how a permanent restaurant can succeed at the gardens.

“We asked a number of local places, but they were all too busy to open a holiday cafe. But we found Caliber, and we're all very excited about it,” she said.

The eatery will have a rotating menu with soups, salads, deserts, hot chocolate, coffee and cider, she said. “It will be very family friendly — they'll sometimes be making mac and grilled cheese sandwiches, black angus hot dogs, chicken salads and wraps,” Heffernan said.

The eatery is set to stay open through the end of the Devon Ice Rink season in late January. Heffernan suggested the eatery might remain longer if it is popular with visitors.

In the meantime, Heffernan said the restaurant has been rented out for banquets, weddings and special events. Nonprofit groups have been allowed to use the space for discounted rates, and sometimes for free.

“We're still looking for a permanent operator,” Heffernan said. “We have leads we are pursuing. Caliber won't be the ultimate operator. But this will be a very interesting way to test the water.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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If you go

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Pop-up shop schedule:

Nov. 23 to 26:

Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, Sara Kate Studio, A Date with Iris/ Urbane

Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 only)

Nov. 29 to Dec. 7:

Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Studio Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days), Uptown Kids

Dec. 11 to 15:

Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, Kokopelli, Native Roots Market, Uptown Kids

Dec. 17 to 24:

Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, Sara Kate Studio, The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry

Devon Ice Rink schedule:

The rink opens Nov. 23. The schedule will be Mondays and Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. through 8 p.m.


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