14 Jul O’Connor: Automobile Alley attracts restaurants

Over the past several years, Automobile Alley has grown and developed into a distinct district.

Development, in the form of retail, restaurants and bars, such as Broadway 10 Bar & Chop House, Sidecar and the upcoming Twisted Spike Brewery Co., has come to the area.

Twisted Spike recently announced it will join the Automobile Alley area at 1 NE 10th St. in mid-2016 after looking at several different downtown locations. The restaurant will have a theme to coincide with the railroad nearby and will also incorporate elements of the original structure, displaying its 1920s origin.

The brewery will bring local, award-winning brewing expertise to downtown Oklahoma City. The developer has plans to distribute to restaurants, bars and liquor stores across the state. The brewery will be open for weekly tours and sample tastings and can directly serve low-point beer to visitors. Also, the taproom will host special releases, tastings and private events.

Another addition to the district is the 8,000-square-foot Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse, a 250-seat restaurant with three private dining areas. The building went through extensive renovation, which preserved its historical aspects, including an oil change bay that was converted into a dining room. The landings next to the stairway were transformed into temperature-controlled wine rooms.

Sidecar, a barley and wine bar, opened earlier this year and has served as inspiration for new breweries like Twisted Spike. Sidecar is located in the Pontiac Building at 1101 N. Broadway and is operated by the same management as Broadway 10. Touted as the district’s neighborhood bar, it provides patrons with wine on tap as well as crafted draft beer. The full-length glass garage doors open up to outdoor seating to enhance the experience.

Restaurants like these provide creative inspiration for other historic building developers. Automobile Alley has brought about unique events like the monthly Shop Hop, as well as hosting the finish line for the OKC Memorial Marathon. The addition of these restaurants provides residents with great cuisine and shows the continued growth of Oklahoma City’s local industries.
Cathy O’Connor is president of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City.

Read more: http://journalrecord.com/2015/07/14/oconnor-automobile-alley-attracts-restaurants-opinion/#ixzz3o6cpsvZ4

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