The Oklahoman

The Truck Yard to build venue in Lower Bricktown

- Steve Lackmeyer

The Truck Yard, a popular Texasbased chain of entertainm­ent, restaurant and bar destinatio­ns, is going to add its first location along the canal in Lower Bricktown.

The venue, along with plans for two hotels and an apartment tower on the west end of Lower Bricktown, if built, will complete a developmen­t first pitched by Randy Hogan in 1997 when the area was a largely abandoned industrial zone.

Designs shared Wednesday with the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority show the venue will be built by the entrance to the Land Run Monument and will have seating for 394 outside and 181 inside. The Truck Yard will have its own restaurant and bar, a food truck court, dog-friendly beer garden, outdoor games, public art and live music.

“They can draw a thousand people on a weekend,” Hogan said. “Jason Boso, the operator of The Truck Yard, brings in different food trucks every day. It’s a real eclectic design with an outdoor setting, but also an inside area where they do a menu known for its cheesestea­k sandwiches. We think it’s a way to bring in something fun.”

The design continues a more rustic feel on the east end of Lower Bricktown, which is anchored by Bass Pro Shops.

“They tried to design it to give it an Oklahoma feel,” Hogan said. “Their signature at the entry are the cars sunk into the ground — car art — like what you see along I-40 going into Amarillo.”

The Truck Yard, which has five locations in Texas, typically is open to all ages during the daytime and turns into a 21 and over venue after 9 p.m. Hogan said the Lower Bricktown operation will be kid friendly with outdoor games and other amenities.

Constructi­on is set to start in June 2022 with an opening one year later. Two hotel towers, totaling 220 and 174 rooms each, and a 150-unit condo tower, previously announced for the surface parking lot on the west end of the developmen­t, are still in design phase as rising material costs are evaluated.

Hogan said parking needs will be addressed with increased developmen­t and eliminated surface parking.

The east lot, typically used for overflow parking, will be replaced with a 780-space garage that will be partially undergroun­d and partially above grade, with 300 spaces for public parking.

The parking spaces will be retained by the Land Run Monument and Hogan said discussion­s are underway about adding gravel parking underneath the nearby elevated Oklahoma City Boulevard. More spaces might be freed up if boats are moved from the lot in front of Bass Pro Shops to the elevated underpass as well — a move that would pro

tect the boats from hail storms.

Mark Zitlow, a planner with Johnson & Associates, recently said the developmen­ts should not result in parking problems in Lower Bricktown.

“A parking study done in 2020 shows a significant number of parking lots and garages that are under-utilized,” he said. “During non-event days it’s 30% occupied. We feel there is more than enough to address the parking needs of the developmen­t as well as for visitors.”

Staff writer Steve Lackmeyer is a 31-year reporter, columnist and author who covers downtown Oklahoma City, related urban developmen­t and economics for The Oklahoman. Contact him at slackmeyer@oklahoman.com. Please support his work and that of other Oklahoman journalist­s by purchasing a subscripti­on today at subscribe.oklahoman.com.

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