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?