Will nightclub slayings end Bricktown dream?

Some property owners have decided that leasing to nightclubs along the most valuable real estate in Bricktown — along the canal — makes no sense long-term for themselves or the district.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 3, 2014

I emailed and called Brown on Monday, but got no response. I previously questioned him about posters of porn stars that were displayed in the store front windows when the club was Rok Bar, and the displays soon stopped, but the club operations continued.

Other property owners have decided that leasing to nightclubs along the most valuable real estate in Bricktown — along the canal — makes no sense long-term for themselves or the district.

The former owners of the Kingman Building at 100 E California decided after the demise of Banana Joe’s nightclub that such operations were bad for business. That was more than a decade ago.

When Skyy Bar atop JDM Place, 7 Mickey Mantle Drive, closed last year, the property owners also declared they would no longer lease the space out to nightclubs.

Nightclubs are seen as a quick infusion of a lot of cash, but rarely do they last more than a few years.

Oklahoma City has more than $75 million invested along the canal. Major developments are pending. Will Jeff Brown end the era of nightclubs at 119 E California? And what happens to the city’s investment, and to other Bricktown property owners, merchants and business owners, if Brown continues to lease this prime space to nightclubs?

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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