Beer hall, restaurants to overlook Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City
Owners of the popular Patriarch in downtown Edmond are set to open a beer garden and food hall that will overlook downtown's Scissortail Park when it opens next year.
Plans submitted by the architectural firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris show the project will include an addition of a second floor terrace, courtyards and extensive landscaping.
Brad Mullenix, co-owner of The Patriarch, said Tuesday lease negotiations for 517 S Hudson began a few months ago and plans are set to begin renovations as soon as the project is approved by the Downtown Design Review Committee.
The Patriarch opened in 2015 and is limited to guests 21 and older. The unnamed new venue next to Scissortail Park is intended to accommodate guests of all ages.
“We just love the community the Patriarch brought to Edmond,” Mullenix said. “It was a labor of love for us. And with all the family and friends we have in Oklahoma City, we believe this will be another great way to bring people together. We think Scissortail Park will be amazing.”
Last one standing
The old garage, believed to originally have operated as a transmission shop, is one of the last old blighted structures left facing the 70-acre park currently under construction. Architect Wade Scaramucci, who has typically designed larger projects, said he was attracted to the idea of saving the one last building standing.
“It's one of those buildings some would say to scrap, but it's an interesting relic of what we used to have in this area,” Scaramucci said. “We fell in love with it — it's a nondescript building that has potential when you look through the dirt and grime. It will be great for afternoon enjoyment with shade and a view of the park.”
Scaramucci said the dilapidated elements of the building will be stripped down and the existing structure will be set up with a new courtyard serving as the entrance to a multilevel complex offering maximum flexibility and activity along Hudson Avenue. The complex is intended to be a middle ground in scale between the current structure and larger-scale developments proposed nearby.
The overall venue will span 15,000 square feet and will include a main bar, three micro kitchens that will serve guests from within and from the sidewalk facing Hudson Avenue.
Mullenix said plans include a cocktail and wine menu while the craft beer hall is set to provide 100 different craft beers from local breweries. The design, meanwhile, welcomes families with children on the terrace and those who simply want to walk up to a window and place a food order that can then be enjoyed at the park.
The venue may be bigger than Patriarch and with bigger ambitions, but Mullenix emphasized the mission remains the same.
“We are craft beer focused,” Mullenix said. “Our idea is community through beer, that beer is the catalyst for conversation. It's about making a new friend or two. It's about supporting local businesses.”