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RedPin joins list of closings - but there is more to this story

Add RedPin Bowling Lounge and the Basement Diner to the growing list of restaurant and entertainment venues closing this month in Bricktown. The district already took a hit earlier this year with the closing of the restaurant that started everything off in 1989, the Spaghetti Warehouse. Now we're seeing KD's close for a rebranding, the permanent closing of Captain Norm's Dockside Bar and Bolero. 

There is a story behind each closing, however, and context is important. RedPin and Basement Diner were in operation for nine years.

Created and managed by Erin and Shawn Brewer, the concept was the first of its kind in Oklahoma City. While the restaurant served locally sourced diner-inspired fare, handcrafted cocktails and local brews, the 10 boutique-style bowling lanes were served by waitstaff who assisted with food and beverage service as well as delivering bowling shoes and setting up games.

The Brewers say the opening of several new family entertainment centers in the metro in 2015 created direct competition that RedPin had not faced before. Combined with the rise of developing dining districts in the city and a downward economy, RedPin’s sales declined.

“We’re proud of our contribution to our city and we appreciate the support we’ve received from the community. Personally, it’s been an incredible journey allowing us to host the likes of NBA stars and famous musicians as well as offer a second chance to many former inmates as they exit the prison system,” said Erin Brewer, owner and managing partner. 

The Brewers notified employees on July 26 and 27 in order to give them as much notice as possible as they seek alternative employment.

I will be telling more of the overall story of the transition underway in Bricktown. Despite these closings, some of the venues will be reopened fairly quickly, and we're looking at growth, and not a demise, in the state's true first  urban entertainment district.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›