Wormy Dog Saloon, which has called 311 E. Sheridan in Oklahoma City home since August 2003, is planning to relocate the venue further east in Bricktown.
According to The Oklahoman, Wormy Dog’s owners (Ronnye Farmer, Philip Randolph and members of Cross Canadian Ragweed) have purchased part of the former Stewart Metal Fabricators plant to turn into a mixed-use retail and entertainment complex.
“I see the east end of Bricktown developing much as the west end has developed. When we started in 2003, Crabtown and the Wormy Dog were pretty much it on this end. It was dark after that.” - Philip Randolph
While exact details on the new location’s capacity have yet to made public, we have learned the new Wormy Dog will be significantly bigger and will consistently book non-red dirt acts. The venue tried to start that process as far back as 2009.
In the past decade, the Wormy Dog has hosted acts like Dwight Yoakam, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dierks Bentley, Shooter Jennings, Robert Earl Keen, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Son Volt and Jason Boland & the Stragglers.
The Wormy Dog’s lease at its current 750 capacity location ends in 2014.
Last week, Norman City Council approved a construction contract for Legacy Park in northwest Norman, east of Interstate 35 on 24th Avenue NW.
In addition to a one-acre, man-made pond with water fountains, the eight-acre park will also feature an outdoor amphitheater with a covered stage and grass seating that will hold between 700 and 1,000 people.
Construction will begin in about a month and will take 12 to 18 months to build.
The Chouse, 717 West Boyd in Norman is for sale. Formerly the home of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, it was converted into a home in 1981 by Phyllis Dowling.
Since its 1998 purchase by Tom and Mary Katherine Lee, The Chouse has served as a gathering place for concerts and fundraisers, hosting the likes of Don Conoscenti, Ellis Paul, Tyson Meade, Beau Jennings and Carter Sampson.
More information on the sale can be found here.