Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Plans under Way for New Diner

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Plans under Way for New Diner

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Owners of Oklahoma City's historic Farmer's Public Market building said plans are in the works to open a new diner and catering business that will operate from the property.

Burt and Jody McAnally, principals in Big Dog Holding Co., own the farmer's market at 311 S. Klein and four neighboring buildings on about 5.9 acres. The McAnallys are renovating the more than 75- year-old market to create ground-floor retail space and an upper- floor entertainment venue where boxing matches will be held.

Burt McAnally -- who previously announced his plans to renovate the building -- said a decision was made recently to add the new restaurant to the market tentatively be called The Market Diner.

"We're going to put in a diner that will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.," McAnally said Friday. "We're also going to have a catering company that will serve the area."

McAnally's company bought the farmer's market and associated buildings in July 2002 and announced plans to invest about $1.5 million to renovate the property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, the property had fallen into disrepair.

A real estate investor who also promotes boxing matches, McAnally said he plans to restore the upper level of the two-story building to create a venue for live boxing matches and other entertainment. The lower floor of the building, which already has several small antiques and collectibles retailers, will remain a retail shopping center.

The real estate investor said he plans to solicit bids for the renovation of the building later this month for construction that should begin as soon as bids are approved. Part of the renovation will include the addition of new restrooms and lighting inside the building and installation of a fire sprinkler system.

The second-floor renovation is scheduled to be completed by May 3, when the first event is scheduled for the space -- a benefit event by RAIN Inc. (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network).

McAnally said it would be shortly after the May 3 completion date that boxing matches will be available at the new venue. …

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